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Past Performance Schedule


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About the Players


About the Alumni Players


"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2014)


Audio Samples


The Millennium Bugs


Jazz Extravaganzas


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Funding Priorities


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Mile High Jazz Band

External Links


Carson City Symphony

David Bugli website

Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

Sacramento Traditional Jazz
Society (STJS)



The Mile High Jazz Band Association formed in 2001 as a nonprofit corporation to support the MHJB and its subgroup, the Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), promote live jazz performance in northern Nevada, educate the public about jazz, and enrich the cultural life of the community. Member benefits include mailings, discounts on admissions, and invitations to special events, plus the satisfaction of helping big-band jazz to thrive!

To book the Mile High Jazz Band (big band) or Millennium Bugs (jazz combo), call 775-883-4154.

Mile High Jazz Band Association Updated Mission Statement - Adopted March 4, 2012, by the Board of Trustees:
Our mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community by promoting live jazz performance in and around Carson City; enhancing arts education in collaboration with other organizations and school programs; and supporting our resident big band, the Mile High Jazz Band, and its affiliated combos.

Drummer Lee Warner Dead at Ago 60

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I have the sad duty to report that Lee Warner, long time drummer with the Mile High Jazz Band and the Millennium Bugs, died Monday morning, May 11, 2015. Lee, one could say, was a driving force in the Mile High Jazz Band. I had the privilege to work with him since 2005 in various capacities: drummer, teacher, narrator, poetry reader, etc. Three or so years ago, when he knew he had the brain cancer and had his operation, he exhibited an inspiring recovery, but he knew it was likely the cancer would come back. Undiminished in his energies, he took on many projects and kept up his skills and positive outlook. If others did not take inspiration from him these last few years, it's probably because you did not know him as deeply as others.

-- David Bugli

"Jazz & Beyond" Carson City Music Festival
for 2015 Music Festival

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The 2015 "Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" is scheduled to run from Aug. 7 to 23 at multiple locations in Carson City.

Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event that celebrates the talent of our region and relies on many local citizens who donate their time and effort. Volunteers, sponsors, and advertisers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep most performances admission free.

The festival, which began in 2004, is presented by Mile High Jazz Band Association, Carson City, local businesses, and music lovers. Most festival events will be downtown. Last year, the Jazz & Beyond Festival featured 60 performances and over 100 performers. Beyond jazz, it included bluegrass, blues, rock, and more. Free events, including Sunday afternoon concerts on the grounds of the Legislature, attracted large crowds. Information about the festival can be found at http://milehighjazz.com/jazzcarsoncity.htm.

For information about volunteer positions, sponsorships, ad rates, and festival details, see JazzCarsonCity.com or call the Mile High Jazz Band Association at 775-883-4154.

Mile High Jazz Band Presents
"Now Cut That Out!"
Jazz & Poetry at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Jazz & Poetry" at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the night is "Now Cut That Out!"

Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

Millennium Bugs Perform at St. James Infirmary
in Reno for Artown
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

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The Millennium Bugs perform at St. James Infirmary, 445 California Ave., Reno as part of Artown on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association.

Most Comma Coffee gigs are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.


General Information

The Mile High Jazz Band, an 18-member "big band" composed of 17 instrumentalists and a vocalist, began performing in 1997. The group features music in the Count Basie-Duke Ellington-Woody Herman tradition, as well as more contemporary styles, selected from a repertoire of over 100 tunes. They play ballads, high-powered jazz tunes, and dance music arranged by Nestico, Niehaus, Taylor, and other great arrangers.

Mile High Jazz Band performs for community events, fundraisers, dances, receptions, private parties, and in concert. They have played benefits for New York Firefighters, Red Cross Disaster Relief, Carson-Tahoe Hospital Foundation, Douglas County Library Foundation, and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. They have been featured in concerts at the Brewery Arts Center and on the Carson City Symphony's "Holiday Treat" and "Pops Party" concerts. They play monthly at Comma Coffee and collaborate with local poets in quarterly "Jazz and Poetry" events, alternating poetry readings with related musical selections. Mile High Jazz Band has performed in Carson City, Reno, Minden, Fallon, Yerington, Stateline, Incline Village, Virginia City, and Crystal Bay.

In 2002, Mile High Jazz Band won "Best Band" award in Carson City's "Taste of Downtown." In 2003, American Composers Forum selected Mile High Jazz Band and Bella Voce women's choir for a national Continental Harmony project. In 2007, leader David Bugli received the Nevada Governor's Arts Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, and the band played for the awards ceremony. Mile High Jazz Band plays annual benefits with the Carson High Jazz Band to help the high school band attend the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Also, the Mile High Jazz Band Association founded and produces or co-produces an annual, multi-day Jazz Festival in Carson City in August.

The band performs around the Carson City area. You can catch us on most second Tuesdays of each month at Comma Coffee, across from the State Legislature Building.

Millennium Bugs

Photograph of the Millennium Bugs in front of the Foreman-Roberts
 House Museum

The Millennium Bugs, a jazz combo associated with the Mile High Jazz Band, play a great variety of jazz styles. They performed for the Carson City Preservation Coalition/Historical Society, Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony in Carson City, Carson City Music Club, Westview block party, Camel Race Day in Virginia City, Carson Nugget showroom, Carson-Tahoe Hospital Foundation, Carson High Prom, BAC Beer Tasting, weddings, receptions, and parties.



Mile High Jazz Band Association board meetings are held quarterly. Call 775-883-4154 for details.




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Last updated 5/14/2015