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"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2015)


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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.

MHJB Assoc. Board and Officers
The MHJBA board, effective 6/25/2015:

  • Trustees class of 2016: David Bugli, Rita Geil , Bob Sullivan
  • Trustees class of 2017: Ellie Bugli, Susan Crowell, Nick Jacques
  • Trustees class of 2018: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Betty Young

Officers (elected at 6/25/2015 Board Meeting):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Susan Crowell
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Bob Sullivan

Jazz & Beyond Wins Best Annual Event Award
from Carson City Chamber of Commerce
Monday, June 29, 2015

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At the Carson City Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, held in the old Nevada State Prison on June 29, the Chamber awarded the "Best Annual Event" award for 2015 to the Jazz & Beyond Music Festival. The festival was selected by the Chamber's Executive Committee. The event was on the 70th anniversary of the Chamber of Commerce's founding and was held in the old prison to familiarize the public with the goal of turning the prison, which is older than the state itself, into a museum and tourist attraction.

For more information about the festival, go to JazzCarsonCity.com. For more information about the Nevada State Prison Preservation Society, go to http://www.nspps.org.

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.

"Jazz & Beyond" Carson City Music Festival
August 7 to 23, 2015

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(Dateline: June 9, 2015) Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City present the 12th Annual Jazz & Beyond Festival. It features 17 days of Music and Art at multiple venues in Carson City, August 7-23, 2015.

"Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort," said committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. "Volunteers, sponsors, and advertisers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep most performances admission free."

Festival organizers are seeking additional business and private sponsors, program advertisers, and volunteers. For invitation to a preliminary event for volunteers and information on rates for sponsorships and program ads, call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154.

The festival opens on August 7 at the historic Bliss mansion. An art show on the porch begins at 3:00 p.m., tours of the mansion at 4:00 and 5:00, and a performance by Cherie and John Shipley with Take This on the lawn at 6:30 p.m.

Three Sunday afternoon concerts on the grounds of the Legislature - August 9, 16, and 23 - always attract large crowds. Bands include Leslie Alice & Bill Hecht, Carolyn Dolan Band, The Red Tango, RVGS Bigger Band, CeCe Gable Band, and the Reno Jazz Orchestra.

Free concerts also will be held at Carson Mall, Comma Coffee Courtyard, the Brewery Arts Center, and other downtown Carson City venues. Special events are a Motown music lecture and concert, Speakeasy Swing Dance, a Drum Summit, and a Count Basie 111th Birthday concert. A full schedule of events (subject to change) is available on the website JazzCarsonCity.com.

Millennium Bugs play at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

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As part of the "Jazz & Beyond Music Festival," the Millennium Bugs will play at Comma Coffee on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The second Tuesday of the month is the usual night for the Mile High Jazz Band to perform at Comma Coffee, but the MHJB will be performing on Third Street on Aug. 21.

Millennium Bugs play for Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

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As part of the "Jazz & Beyond Music Festival," the Millennium Bugs will play from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, for the Carson City Historical Society Ice Cream Social. The event is free. Ice cream may be purchased at the event.

Mile High Jazz Bands plays
Count Basie 111th Birthday Party
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

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Come hear a free concert by the Mile High Jazz Band on Aug. 21, 2015, celebrating the 111th birthday of Count Basie. This free event is on Third Street from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. and is part of the Jazz & Beyond Music Festival.

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 7/16/2015