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Carson City Symphony

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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.

Jazz & Beyond 2014

Photograph of Jazz & Beyond 2013 logo

This year's "Jazz & Beyond is held Aug. 1 to 17, 2014, so mark your calendars now.

Go to http://JazzCarsonCity.com for the festival home page.

You may also go directly to our "details" page at milehighjazz.com/jazzcarsoncity.htm.

Millennium Bugs play for Ice Cream Social
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Photograph of the Millennium Bugs in front of the Foreman-Roberts
  House Museum

The Millennium Bugs play for Ice Cream Social for the Carson City Historical Society on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at the Roberts House Museum, 1207 N. Carson St., Carson City from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Note: Time of event is subject to change.) This is part of the "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival." Admission is free.

Mile High Jazz Band presents
Trombonist Bill Watrous in concert and master class
Monday, August 11, 2014

Photograph of trombonist Bill Watrous.  Photo courtesy of John Dugan.

The Mile High Jazz Band is proud to present legendary trombonist Bill Watrous in concert and in a master class on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St., Carson City. These events are part of the "Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival," which runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 17, 2014, and features over 40 events, mostly in the downtown Carson City area.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. The Mile High Jazz Band will accompany Mr. Watrous on the first half of the program. On the second half of the program he will be accompanied by Bill Hecht on piano, Hans Halt on bass, and Andy Heglund on drums. Hecht is a staple of the regional jazz scene, as are Halt and Heglund, who are on the music faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno. Admission to the concert is $15. Tickets are available at Play Your Own Music in the Carson Mall, may be ordered online from the festival website at JazzCarsonCity.com, or may be purchased at the door.

The trombone master class with Bill Watrous is from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., at the Community Center. Local trombonists were invited to work with Mr. Watrous on their trombone technique, jazz improvisation, and other musical skills. This is a great opportunity for the public to learn by observing these lessons up close. The master class is open to the public and is free. It is funded, in part, by For the Love of Jazz (FTLOJ).

Bill Watrous is a master technician on the trombone and is generally considered a bop-oriented player. He is known for his clean sound on up-tempo songs and ballads. His first solo album, "In Love Again," featured his ballad playing and was the first in a long discography featuring his work as a leader and as a sideman. Sought after for studio work, he performed or recorded with several famous bandleaders including Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, and Quincy Jones, as well as fellow trombonists Kai Winding and Carl Fontana. He was with the house band for the Merv Griffin Show from 1965 to 1968. In the 1970s he created his own group, Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, which he renamed Refuge West when he moved from the east coast to southern California. He now lives in Los Angeles and is on the faculty of the University of Southern California.

Information about "Jazz & Beyond" can be found at JazzCarsonCity.com. "Jazz & Beyond" is supported by Mile High Jazz Band Assoc., Carson City, and the Nevada Commission on Tourism. This will be the only performance by the Mile High Jazz Band in August, but the band generally performs on the second Tuesday of each month throughout the rest of the year. For more information, call the Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154, or visit the web site: MileHighJazz.com.


Tickets for the concert are available online at ActivityTicket.com, where you can use a credit or debit card. Just click on the "BUY NOW" button below. Tickets are $15. You may also call 775-883-4154 for tickets or obtain them at The Purple Avocado at 904 N. Curry St. and Play Your Own Music in the Carson Mall, (cash or check only).

Use the "Buy Now" button to order your tickets at ActivityTickets.com.

Note: Because of this event with Bill Watrous, the Mile High Jazz Band will not be performing on the second Tuesday in August, nor on the last day of the "Jazz & Beyond" festival. The next "second Tuesday" performance will be on Sept. 9, 2014.

Photo of Bill Watrous is courtesy of John Dugan.

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 7/13/2014