Past Performance Schedule
About the Players
About the Alumni Players
"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016, 2017, & 2018)
The Millennium Bugs
How to contact us
Mile High Jazz Band
Carson City Symphony
David Bugli website
Carson City Arts &
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),
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 7/15/2018:
- Trustees class of 2019: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Gail Kane
- Trustees class of 2020: Ellie Bugli, Joi Cerveri, Randy Seeber
- Trustees class of 2021: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner
Officers (elected at 9/16/2018 Board Meeting):
- President: David Bugli
- Vice President: Kelly Dodge
- Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
- Secretary: Jennifer Simkins
David & Friends perform for Wine Walk
Saturday, March 2, 2019
David & Friends, a jazz combo led by David Bugli, will perform for the Wine Walk on
Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Nevada Artists Association
Gallery (inside the main Brewery Arts Center building, 449 W. King St., Carson City).
Join Carson City Downtown Business Association businesses for one of the most fun
social events held in Downtown Carson City. On the first Saturday of every month,
participants can stroll to over 35 locations pouring wine, providing entertainment,
and offering special deals for wine walkers. At the end of every wine walk, at 5:00 p.m.
sharp, there is a raffle in Alatte Wine and Coffee Bar at the Carson Nugget with many
prizes donated by the downtown businesses. Raffle tickets are provided with your paid
entry into the wine walk. Did you have a great experience at one of the locations?
Don't forget to cast your ballot, also provided, for your favorite wine walk stop.
Purchase your tickets at The Carson Nugget, Carson Jewelry & Loan, Touched By Angels,
Purple Avocado, Cactus Jacks Casino, The Brewery Arts Center, or Comma Coffee for $15 without
an official wine walk glass or $10 with the official wine walk glass.
Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
The Mile High Jazz Band performs a "Jazz & Poetry" event at CommaCoffee.com on
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for this event is "Hang Ups." The
band will be joined on vocals by Jakki Ford. The poetry readers are Rita Geil (our
official Poet Wrangler), Krista Lukas, Susan Sara Priest, Timothy Rhodes, and Amy Roby.
Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.
Sixteenth Annual Jazz Extravaganza
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Sixteenth Annual Jazz Extravaganza will be on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
in the newly renovated Carson City Community Center Theater. The event is a fundraiser for the
Carson City School District music program and features the Carson Middle School Jazz Band,
the Carson High School Jazz Band, and the Mile High Jazz Band. All three bands will
combine at the end of the show for a grand performance of "A Little Blues, Please,"
by Sammy Nestico. Don't miss this traditional experience - a chance to hear
three big bands and several combos.
Admission is $10. Further details are pending as of Feb. 28.
Millennium Bugs play for 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019
The Millennium Bugs will be featured on the 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival on Thursday,
Aug. 1, 2019, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dangberg Home Historic Park, 1450 Hwy 88, Minden,
NV. Information about the festival can be found at www.dangberghomeranch.org/events. Information about the Millennium Bugs
can be found at milehighjazz.com/MillenniumBugs.htm.
The Millennium Bugs, a jazz combo associated with the Mile High Jazz Band, have been
playing a great variety of jazz styles since the late 1990s. 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. Although some of the personnel
has changed over the years, the group is still inspired to play songs from the "Great American
Songbook," inspired by the tradition of spontaneous improvisation. The members are
Rocky Tatarelli, tenor sax; Wayne Theriault, trumpet; Don Smaltz, trombone; David Bugli,
piano and trombone; George Worth, bass; and Clay Cooper, drums.
Please bring your own seating. No dogs allowed at events; legitimate service
animals only. All events at the Dangberg Home Historic Park are free to attend unless otherwise
noted, and all are free for youth 16 and younger.
Many MHJB and MHJB combo gigs
are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.
Most of these are at
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at Comma Coffee.
The next Jazz & Beyond Festival is scheduled for Aug. 9-25, 2019. Mark your calendars
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 200 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 the annual, multi-day Jazz & Beyond Music Festival in Carson City each August since 2004.
The band performs around the Carson City area. You can
catch us on most second Tuesdays of each month at
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at
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.
Help support the Mile High Jazz Band by placing your music orders through Sheet Music
Plus. Just click on the link below to get connected.
One Hundred Percent Giving Board Award for 2016
from Community Foundation of Western Nevada
The Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. is a member of the
Carson City Downtown Business Assoc.