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" (2016 to 2021)


Audio Samples


The Millennium Bugs

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 (FB page)

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.

MHJB Assoc. Board and Officers
The MHJBA board, July 2021:

  • Trustees class of 2022: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Ted Xie
  • Trustees class of 2023: Ellie Bugli, Steve Hayes, Randy Seeber
  • Trustees class of 2024: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Doug Conner
    (Class of 2024 elected at 7/25/2021 Annual Meeting)

Officers (elected at 8/30/2020 Board Meeting):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Kelly Dodge
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Jennifer Simkins

JazzCarsonCity.com Website temporarily down
Posted May 15, 2022

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The Jazz & Beyond website, which we have been using for several years to post information about the festival (August 5 to 21, 2022), is temporarily down. We have contacted the hosting site to fix the problem, but they have not been able to resolve the problem. We will make further attempts to rectify this situation. In the meantime, some information about the festival will be posted on this website.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Call for Artists – Two Jazz & Beyond Opportunities
Art Contest for Poster and Program Cover
Open Studios Tour Entries
Media Release: May 9, 2022

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The 2022 Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival is calling artists for two opportunities. First is an art contest for poster and program design. Second is participation in the fourth annual Carson City Open Studios Tour in August. Entry deadline for both is May 17, 2022.

For the art contest, Nevada artists, including teachers and students, are eligible to submit entries. The winning design will be used to promote the Jazz & Beyond festival, will be featured on the festival poster, program cover, and potentially on a T-shirt, and the winner will receive a cash award of $100. Entry forms are available for download at milehighjazz.com/artcontest2022.pdf. Participation is free and artists may submit up to three entries. For more information, email info@milehighjazz.com.

The Carson City Open Studios Tour will include one-day and two-day options. Visual art from painting, sculpture, and 3D art to jewelry and photography, will be exhibited and demonstrated in about a dozen individual and shared studio spaces. Each artist selected will also have one piece exhibited in the month-long NAA Summer Show.

The one-day tour will be Friday, August 19, 12 to 5 p.m., at the Bliss Mansion and the NAA (Nevada Artists Association) Gallery. The two-day tour will be Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at multiple studios throughout Carson City. Artists may participate in either the one-day tour, the two-day tour, or both. Some locations will include live music. Application forms are available at http://milehighjazz.com/arttour2022.htm. For more information, contact ccopenstudio@gmail.com.

Photo: Recent Jazz & Beyond Poster and T-shirt Art contest winners.

Mile High Jazz Band to be Headliner Event
at Gardnerville Jazz Festival
Sunday, May 22, 2022

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The Mile High Jazz Band will be the featured entertainment at the Gardnerville Jazz Festival, which will take place at Heritage Park, 1447 Courthouse Alley, Gardnerville, NV, on Sunday, May 22, 2022. Heritage Park is north of Route 395, behind the Overland Restaurant & Pub. Mile High Jazz Band's performance will be at 4:00 p.m. According to event organizer, Adam Cohen, the MHJB's performance will be preceded by performances by the Douglas High School Jazz Band, the Jazzettes, and the Gardnervillains.

Call 775-883-4154 for other details.

Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. Annual Meeting
and Board Meeting
Sunday, June 19, 2022

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The Mile High Jazz Band will be having its annual meeting (with election of officers) on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. The location is still to be determined. All Association members and their guests are invited. The Annual Meeting will be followed by a Board meeting. For further information, call 775-883-4154 or email DCBugli@aol.com.

Date set for 2023 Jazz Extravaganza
Tuesday, February 21, 2023

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The date has been set for the 2023 Jazz Extravaganza. It will be Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson City Community Center. The Mile High Jazz Band, Carson High School Jazz Band, Carson Middle School Jazz Band, and perhaps another youth group will be performing on this concert. This event is a fundraiser for youth music programs.

For further information, call 775-883-4154.

Second Virtual Jazz & Poetry, "Play's the Thing"
Planned (in post-production)
Revised post: 9/10/2021

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The Mile High Jazz Band is preparing to do a second Virtual Jazz & Poetry video based on the theme "Play's the Thing." Band Director David Bugli and MHJB Poet Wrangler Rita Geil are working with five poets to select poetry to be read. Musicians from the MHJB will record, on their own, an appropriate tune to match the mood or theme of the poem. The videos of the poets reading and of the musicians performing will then be compiled and posted on YouTube on the Mile High Jazz Band's new YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxNbOrzkkqfwwjhvoyPgWTQ.

The first Virtual Jazz and Poetry video, based on the theme "Running Out," was released in September 2020. It is available for viewing at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqkA5QyRCtI.

Band members only! - Follow this link to the Second Virtual Jazz & Poetry "resource page" at http://milehighjazz.com/virtualjnp2.htm.

Normally, 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 were at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City. Unfortunately, Living the Good Life is closing for good on Jan. 29, 2022. These events are subject to change, subject to pandemic conditions.


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 band performs around the Carson City area. You can catch us on most second Tuesdays of each month at Living the Good Life, 1480 N. Carson Street, Carson City, or at Comma Coffee.

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 5/22/2022