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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.


MHJB Assoc. Board and Officers
The MHJBA board, July 2023:

  • Trustees class of 2024: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner
  • Trustees class of 2025: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Ted Xie
  • Trustees class of 2026: Ellie Bugli, Steve Hayes, Adam Cohen
    (Class of 2026 elected at 6/25/2023 Annual Meeting)

Officers (elected at 6/19/2022 Board Meeting, new Officers to be selected at first Board meeting in FY24.):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Kelly Dodge
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Jennifer Simkins

Mile High Jazz Band Presents "Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts"
with Vocalist Jakki Ford
Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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Mile High Jazz Band will present "Jazz Sampler for Sweethearts" on Valentine's Day Eve, Tuesday, February 13, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gina's Good Life Music & Lounge, 507 N. Carson Street inside the Carson Nugget. The music is free; donations are welcome.

The 17-member band will play jazzy versions of favorite love songs for Valentine's Day, and other swinging, big-band selections, including "The Touch of Your Lips," "Besame Mucho," and "Stolen Moments." Jakki Ford, accompanied by the band, will sing "I'll Never Stop Loving You," "Let's Do It," "Sway," and more.

After the February 13 event, Mile High Jazz Band will present the 20th annual Jazz Extravaganza with four youth jazz bands on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 p.m., at the Carson City Community Center. The youth jazz bands are from Carson High School, Carson Middle School, and the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra. Proceeds from the concert benefit the youth jazz bands.

For information about Mile high Jazz Band performances and Jazz Extravaganza tickets, see milehighjazz.com or call 775-883-4154.

Mile High Jazz Band performances and educational activities are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by memberships and donations.



Big-Band Jazz Times Five!
Mile High Jazz Band presents
the 2024 Jazz Extravaganza
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024

Photograph of intergenerational combo in 2023

It's "big-band jazz times five" when the Mile High Jazz Band and four youth jazz bands present the 20th annual Jazz Extravaganza concert, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 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 as a benefit for youth jazz programs.

Performing with Mile High Jazz Band this year are two big bands from Carson High School directed by Nick Jacques, the Carson Middle School Jazz Band directed by Stephanie Van Orman, and the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra directed by Vern Scarbrough. Announcer is Tim Young, Executive Director of the Reno Jazz Orchestra. Pre-concert entertainment will be presented by the Carson High School jazz combo in the lobby, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and all proceeds go to the student performing groups. Youth age 18 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at MileHighJazz.com (see "Buy now" button below), or at the door.

This year, the Extravaganza will feature the five big bands, vocalist Jakki Ford, and a pre-concert combo in the lobby. "We enjoy performing with youth jazz bands," said David Bugli, Mile High Jazz Band leader and pianist. "The student ensembles are impressive and deserve community support."

Mile High Jazz Band Association is funded in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154 or see MileHighJazz.com.

Photo above: Intergenerational combo directed by David Bugli at the 2023 Jazz Extravaganza concert.

2024 Jazz Extravaganza

2024 Jazz Extravaganza
Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m.
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$12.00

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Mile High Jazz Band Performs "Bloomin',"
a Jazz & Poetry Event
at Gina's Good Life Music & Lounge
Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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The Mile High Jazz Band performs a Jazz & Poetry event, "Bloomin'," at Gina's Good Life Music & Lounge in the Carson Nugget on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The band will be joined by Rita Geil and other poet/readers in the event, which combines the spoken word and music by the big band. The music is free, and donations are welcome.

Mile High Jazz Band performances and educational activities are supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and by memberships and donations.

For information about the band and activities, see milehighjazz.com or call 775-883-4154.



New Way To Make a Donation to Mile High Jazz Band
Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Updated: April 2, 2023

QR code for making a donation to Mile High Jazz Band

We are adding a helpful way for people to make a donation to Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. Now they can scan a QR code with their smart phone, which will bring them to a webpage that will make it possible for them to donate $10, $20, or any multiple of $10 via Square. We are not charging admission for our first event at Gina's, but we are encouraging people to make a donation to the band and the Association.

Tell your friends to try it out. We will have a sign with a QR code at performances.

If you like, click HERE to go directly to the Square webpage for donations.

The Mile High Jazz Band Association formed in 2001 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to support the MHJB and its subgroups, 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!



The monthly-gig tradition which started in 2001 continues! Starting in January 2023, following the pandemic, monthly Mile High Jazz Band gigs on the second Tuesday of each month resumed. Most performances are from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will be at Gina's Good Life Music & Lounge, in the Carson Nugget, at 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV. Check this website from time to time for details.

 


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 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 Mile High Jazz Band performs around the Carson City area. You can catch us on most second Tuesdays of each month at from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gina's Good Life Music & Lounge, 507 N. Carson Street inside the Carson Nugget.

Millennium Bugs

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 2/2/2024