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Sacramento Traditional Jazz
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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.

Jazz & Poetry: "Open Windows"
Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
March 10, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs "Jazz & Poetry" at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the night is "Open Windows."

We will be joined by poet/readers Rita Geil, Terri Breeden, Roy Chavez, Joe Crowley, Tracy McQuay, Susan Sara Priest, Timothy Rhodes, Sheila Steele, and Lee Warner.

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

Here is a letter printed in the Feb. 1, 2015, Nevada Appeal

Students able to showcase musical talents thanks to community

On Jan. 27, the Mile High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza XII performed at the Carson City Community Center, and for the second year in a row, the Royal Blue Jazz Band of Carson Middle School participated in this fundraiser for the Carson High and Carson Middle School band and orchestra programs.

For those two hours, you get to see a new generation of student musicians performing with high-caliber, experienced musicians. These kids, from preteen and up, are being rewarded with the opportunity to showcase their efforts, and everyone there can experience how much their musical educations matter, and how the community can continue to drive them forward. Some of the jazz pieces show advanced, mature skills for such young musicians. Rather than just providing a venue or a time slated for children to perform, the Jazz Extravaganza showcases exceptional talent. The entire music community is essentially harnessed to get our future musicians pushed forward to the next level.

Although the combined benefit has been around for more than 12 years for the benefit of Carson High School, from 2013 until 2015, for two years, CMS has been able to participate. Due to the decision by Ellie and David Bugli as well as Bill Zabelsky, faculty of Carson High School, Carson Middle School now has two years behind its belt of joining in. Not only is it a fundraising exercise, but it's really a night of music and jazz, where the ability and talents of the directors of these two incredible bands essentially take on compositions and music well over their expectations of a High School and Middle School student concert.

Nick Jacques of Carson Middle School Jazz Band selected, among others, "All Blues" by Miles Davis, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," arranged for jazz and a Latin jazz piece, written by Dizzy Gillespie. Bill Zabelsky of Carson High School selected for his group exciting pieces with solos of many of his students, including "Blue Train" by John Coltrane. The evening rounded off with Mile High Jazz Band, and following, a grand finale of all the bands on stage, about 60 musicians total, grouping for "Blues in Hoss Flat," featuring solos from the pros and the students alike. You get the impression, when you see all the players working together, that the music community is positively and successfully investing their tine and efforts with the kids to really show what we can accomplish as a group.

It is astonishing to see middle school students playing some pretty hard selections, which they had only had been practicing for three weeks. I asked Nick Jacques how he selected the right songs for the kids, and he stated he looks at the band's individual members, and picks something that challenges them, pushes them forward, and also fits their special abilities. The selection must be fun, educational, not too easy or hard, and not too long. The kids know what good music sounds like, because they listen to a lot of songs and performances in their jazz band class. The additional part of CMS's Jazz Band program is that it is an extracurricular activity, meeting before school starts, so the children are volunteering their time. Jacques is also to be taking the Royal Jazz Band to competition this year for the Reno Jazz Festival in April.

In addition, some excellent opportunities for the students have been around for about two academic years now. This year, a Jazz Workshop was held at Carson Middle School this weekend, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council written by David and Ellie Bugli. Three professional musicians offered workshops last Saturday, Jan. 24, at Carson Middle School to about 21 students, and received personal, hands on practice in scales and chords, improvisation, and rhythm.

We owe a lot in the community to these kids, their parents, and the talent of these amazing band directors, as well as a huge thanks to the Mile High Jazz Band.

Kelly Anne Figueroa

Carson City

Published in the Nevada Appeal, 2/1/2015

Mile High Jazz Band Earns The Community Foundation
of Western Nevada Certificate

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For the fourth year in a row, the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. has earned a certificate for Generous Leadership and Exemplary Commitment from The Community Foundation of Western Nevada. The certificate is given for 100 percent monetary support and generous leadership in 2014 by the Board of the Association. We thank the Board for their commitment to the organization and its aims.

"Jazz & Beyond" Volunteers Planning
for 2015 Music Festival

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The "Jazz and Beyond: Carson City Music Festival" held a kick-off meeting for organizers and potential volunteers on October 7, 2014, at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 1200 S. Carson St., Carson City. This year's 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," said committee co-chair David Bugli, president of the Mile High Jazz Band Association. "Your participation on the organizing committee can help make this, our eleventh year, a great success. 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 last year's 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 Performs at Comma Coffee
April 14, 2015

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

Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
May 12, 2015

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
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. Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
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.

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 2/27/2015