Welcome to the Mile High Jazz Band Website







Past Performance Schedule


Rehearsal Schedule


About the Players


About the Alumni Players


"Jazz & Beyond: Carson City
Music Festival" (2014)


Audio Samples


The Millennium Bugs


Jazz Extravaganzas


Press Releases


Membership form


Funding Priorities


How to contact us


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Mile High Jazz Band

External Links


Carson City Symphony

David Bugli website

Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition

Sacramento Traditional Jazz
Society (STJS)



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.

Mile High Jazz Band performs
Autumn Jazz at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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Mile High Jazz Band presents Autumn Jazz, a program of big-band music, on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson Street. General admission is $5 at the door; free for age 18 and under. This performance is on the first Tuesday of the month, rather than the usual second Tuesday of the month.

Autumn Jazz is part of World Music Days, an annual global event affirming the ideals of tolerance, friendship, and shared humanity, inspired by the life and work of journalist and musician Daniel Pearl.

Mile High Jazz Band is supported by public funding from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information about Autumn Jazz and the Mile High Jazz Band Band, call 775-883-4154, or see the website MileHighJazz.com. For information on other events at Comma Coffee, call June Joplin at 775-883-2662 or see the website CommaCoffee.com.

Pictured: Cindee LeVal will sing with Mile High Jazz Band at Comma Coffee.

"Jazz & Beyond" 2014 was a success
Planning for 2015 to begin Oct. 7, 2014

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We've judged the "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival," held from Aug. 1 through August 17, a success both financially and artistically. We want to thank the musicians, planners, volunteers, and sponsors who helped make this year's event a great one.

Planning for the 2015 festival will begin in earnest with a planning meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce conference room. Our preliminary plan is to have the festival from Friday, Aug. 7, to Sunday, Aug. 23, but a final decision has not been made.

If you are interested in being involved in the planning process, contact David Bugli at DCBugli@aol.com or at 775-883-4154.

Mile High Jazz Band performs at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Mile High Jazz Band performs Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Comma Coffee from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

Mile High Jazz Band Jazz & Poetry Event
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Mile High Jazz Band performs Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at Comma Coffee from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

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 10/5/2014