Past Performance Schedule
About the Players
About the Alumni Players
"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2016 & 2017)
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 6/26/2016:
- Trustees class of 2017: Ellie Bugli, Susan Crowell, Nick Jacques
- Trustees class of 2018: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Betty Young
- Trustees class of 2019: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Gail Kane
Officers (elected at 9/29/2016 Board Meeting):
- President: David Bugli
- Vice President: Kelly Dodge
- Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
- Secretary: Jennifer Simkins
Mile High Jazz Band Association Presents
Jazz Workshop for Students
Saturday, January 21, 2017
The Mile High Jazz Band Association will hold a jazz workshop for middle school and
high school instrumental musicians from Carson City on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at
Carson Middle School, 1140 W. King Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuition is free.
The workshop will feature sessions on Jazz Rhythms, Scales and Chords, Improvisation,
and Ensemble Performance. Tyler Cravines, Nat Kline, and Jef Derderian will lead the
sessions, assisted by members of the Mile High Jazz Band and other professional musicians.
The workshop is intended to spark students' interest in continuing their music
education, inspire them to participate in jazz band, and demonstrate that music
participation is a lifelong activity. The workshop is open to all instrumental
music students who want to learn about jazz. Those who are members of the Carson
Middle School and Carson High School jazz bands also will have the opportunity to
perform with the Mile High Jazz Band in concert on January 31.
This event is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council.
For information and registration, contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154, email
email@example.com, or download the registration
form here on the website MileHighJazz.com.
Photo: Students and leaders at Jazz Workshop last year.
Big-Band Jazz Times Three!
Mile High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza XIV
at the Carson City Community Center
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
It's "big-band jazz times three" when the Mile High Jazz Band, Carson High Jazz Band,
and Carson Middle School Jazz Band present the 14th annual combined concert, the Mile
High-Carson High Jazz Extravaganza, on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the
Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William Street,
Carson City. The Extravaganza is sponsored by the Mile High Jazz Band Association
and the Carson City Band Association as a benefit for Carson City school instrumental
Tickets prices are $10 general admission and free for youth age 18 and under.
Tickets can be purchased in advance from Carson High and Carson Middle School music
students, at the Carson City Visitors Bureau (716 N. Carson Street), online at
MileHighJazz.com (see BUY NOW button, below), or at the door. For information, call the Mile High Jazz Band
The Extravaganza will feature three big bands, vocalist Cindee LeVal, combo
performances, and the traditional grand finale combining the forces of all the musicians.
Refreshments and raffle prizes will be on sale in the lobby. "We're so happy to perform
with the high school and middle school jazz bands again," said David Bugli, Mile High
Jazz Band leader and pianist. "The student music ensembles are great, and they
deserve community support."
The Carson High Jazz Band, directed by Bill Zabelsky, and the Carson Middle School
Jazz Band directed by Nick Jacques, attend and compete at jazz festivals each year
and perform at community events throughout Carson City. The bands are zero-hour
classes designed to teach students about jazz - the music that began in America and
spread throughout the world.
The Mile High Jazz Band, a professional big-band, plays regularly in northern
Nevada, including monthly performances and quarterly Jazz and Poetry events at Comma
Coffee. They present the annual Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival in August.
This program is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council. For more
information, call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154 or see MileHighjazz.com.
"BUY NOW" button
for Jazz Extravaganza XIV tickets
Photo: Combined big bands perform in the 2016 Jazz Extravaganza.
Mile High Jazz Band Performs
"Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts" at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
Treat your Valentine to a Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts, an evening of sweet and
hot big-band music at Comma Coffee on Tuesday,
February 14, 2017, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson Street, is across the street from the state legislature
building in Carson City. General admission is $5 at the door; free for age 18 and under.
Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts features the 18-member Mile High Jazz Band presenting
jazzy versions of favorite love songs for Valentine's Day, and other swinging,
big-band selections. Singer Cindee LeVal will be featured on several of the tunes.
For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.
Photo: Tenor sax player, Derek Fong, with Mile High Jazz Band at Comma Coffee.
Mile High Jazz Band Presents
"Jazz & Poetry: Easy as Pi(e)" at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
What does the number 3.14 mean to you? To some people, it reminds them of Pi,
that elusive and infinite number (3.1415....), which is very useful in mathematics. March 14
of each year is sometimes called "Pi Day" because that can be represented by 3.14 (close
enough for jazz). To celebrate Pi Day, the Mile High Jazz Band performs
at CommaCoffee.com on
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the night is "Easy as Pi(e)."
Join the festivities as various poet/readers riff on the concepts of mathematics, baked
goods (pies), and other associated ideas. Vocalist Cindee LeVal will be featured.
Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.
For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.
Most Comma Coffee gigs
are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.
The next Jazz & Beyond Festival is scheduled for Aug. 4-20, 2017. 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 Comma Coffee,
the State Legislature Building.
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.