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
Summer 2019 Music Camps
June 11-14 and June 18-21, 2019
The Mile High Jazz Band and the Capital City Community Band will jointly sponsor this
summer's Music Camps at Carson Middle School, June 11-14 and June 18-21, 2019.
The Jazz Ensemble
Camp (8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. each day) will be put on by the Mile High Jazz Band for students entering
grades 6 through 9. Students will learn swing, rock, and Latin styles, as well as an introduction
to improvised solos. No previous jazz band experience is necessary.
The Pops Concert Band (10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day) will be put on by the Capital
City Community Band for students entering
grades 6 through 9. Students will learn fun movie themes, marches, and pops songs. This camp
is open to anyone who has been a member of their school's band program.
Both ensembles will be featured on a showcase concert on the Minnesota Street Stage
on Sunday, June 23, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The cost is $50 for one ensemble, or $90
for both. For registration information, contact
Nick Jacques at Carson Middle School.
MHJB Performs on Four-band Showcase Concert
Sunday, June 23, 2019
The Mile High Jazz Band will perform on a free band showcase concert on Sunday, June 23, 2019, on the
Minnesota Street Stage (BAC Levitt Series stage) at the Brewery Arts Center. The event starts at
5:00 p.m., and MHJB's set will start about 6:30 p.m. MHJB is under the direction of pianist
Prior to the MHJB's performance, the
Summer Pops Band, the Capital City Community Band, and the Summer Jazz Camp Band, will
perform on the same stage. Those three groups are under the direction of Nick Jacques,
band instructor at Carson Middle School.
Mile High Jazz Band Performs at Living the Good Life
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
The Mile High Jazz Band performs at
the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, on
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free, and donations are greatly appreciated.
Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music Festival
August 9-25, 2019
The 2019 Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music festival will be from Friday, Aug. 9, 2019,
through Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.
Schedule will be posted at http://JazzCarsonCity.com.
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.
Millennium Bugs Play for Ice Cream Social
Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019
The Millennium Bugs will play for the Carson City Historical Society's Ice Cream Social
on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Foreman-Roberts House in Carson City.
The group has played for the Ice Cream Social each August for several years. Come on out
and enjoy some free music, and learn a little bit about the Carson City Historical
Society, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this September. There is a cost for the
This event is part of the Jazz & Beyond Music
and Art Festival.
The website for the Carson City Historical Society is http://cchistorical.org.
Mile High Jazz Band to Celebrate Count Basie's 115th Birthday
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
The Jazz & Beyond Festival all came about because the Mile High Jazz Band wanted to celebrate
the 100th anniversary in 2004 of the birth of band leader and jazz pianist Count Basie. MHJB will
be celebrating his birthday a day early (he was born on Aug. 21, 1904) with a free concert at 7:30 p.m.
on the McFadden Stage, located between 2nd and 4th Streets, off of Carson St. Bring a lawn chair
or enjoy some of the limited seating in the McFadden Plaza.
This event is part of the Jazz & Beyond Music
and Art Festival.
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.
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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.