Mile High Jazz Band - Player Information









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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.


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Rich Davis - lead alto sax (plus flute and clarinet)
Richard Lane Davis began with clarinet in 4th grade, age 9, and began saxophone in 7th grade, age 12. He played in junior high and high school bands, as well as the South Gate Youth Band for seven years, and the Aristocrats Dance Band in junior high and high school. Rich served three years in the U.S. Army Band from 1963 to 1966 and studied at Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. He was in the 8th Army Band in Korea and the 36th Army Band at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. He was a member of a big dance band called The Bell-Airs for 21 years in southern California. He joined Mile High Jazz Band and The Tahoe Dance Band in 1999 and still performs with both groups. He recently took up flute at age 64.

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Randy Seeber - alto sax (plus clarinet)

Background: I began playing clarinet when I was 12 years old. I played in junior high and high school concert bands when, at the age of 17, I was asked to join a local youth band that needed an alto sax player in their jazz band. When I began playing the dance band music, I was hooked.

Musical Influences: There have been many musicians who have influenced me. These include (but are not limited to): Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, the Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Lester Young ….

Musical Ambition: My ambition is to continue striving in being a well rounded musician. My desire is to be able to play any chart at a level of great saxophone/clarinet players of today and yesterday. Additionally, I want to continue my Jazz Improvisation journey (clarinet and saxophone) which is a separate skill unto itself. Sometimes I look at what still has to be learned to achieve these goals and it seems that like such a giant task. But as long as one focuses on the enjoyment learning brings and not the amount one has to learn, you realize that this process is a journey with no true end or destination.

Current and Previous Bands that I have played in:

  • 159th Army Jazz Band
  • Sacramento City College Jazz Band
  • Desert Swingers Dance Band (Ft. Huachuca, AZ)
  • Capital City Community Band (Carson City, NV)
  • Mile High Jazz Band
  • Rosebud’s Dance Band (Gardnerville, NV)


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Nick Jacques - tenor sax - Nick teaches band and orchestra at Carson Middle School.

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Derek Fong - tenor sax - Derek joined the MHJB in early 2015. He started out on clarinet and is a 2010 graduate of Vacaville (CA) High School. He is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. He performed with the UNR jazz band in April 2015 at American River College, where he was a jazz studies major in 2012. Derek got to play with Wynton Marsalis when the legendary jazz musician dropped by the Vacaville Jazz Festival in 2010. Derek can be seen and heard playing soprano sax with his quartet on "Summertime" at the 2012 Vacaville Jazz Festival on YouTube.

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Casey Finnerty - baritone sax - Casey Finnerty is one of the original MHJB members. He writes the following about himself:
"I started playing in the MHJB back in 1997 originally on the 2nd alto chair, which evolved to several years playing the 2nd tenor chair. In the fall of 2009, the coveted baritone chair became available, and I jumped on it. Now I love anchoring our talented sax section playing on the big horn. It has brought on a new challenge for me and I have enjoyed every bit of it. I also have big band experience with Russ Lindquist's Sierra Swing Band and the Tahoe Dance Band. I also enjoy playing at the local open mic jams around the area. I am a lifetime Carson City resident and longtime State of Nevada employee. "



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Gil Linsley - Rev. Gil Linsley started in the music business at age 15, leading his own band in southern California. At the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, he played for Louis Armstrong, Vic Damone, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Haymes, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, to name just a few. He moved to Lake Tahoe in 1960 to join the house band at Harrah's and played for Nat "King" Cole, Mac Davis, Wayne Newton, Barbra Streisand, and others. He played with the "Jazz Guys" combo for Woodwind Sailing Cruises out of Zephyr Cover. He currently plays with several groups in the Reno-Tahoe-Carson area. He and his wife Gail are ministers with the Center for Spiritual Living (where the band rehearses).

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Scott Le Val - Scott Le Val studied trumpet under Larry Souza in San Carlos, Ca., and Zane Woodward in Fremont, Ca. He played in several Bay Area Funk and Soul bands. He studied music at Chabot Jr. College. Scott had lead roles in musical productions for the Diablo Valley Civic Light Opera (Walnut Creek), Alterena Little Theater (Alameda), Livermore Community Theater, etc., and he toured Asia with a musical comedy group, The Town Criers. He does kitchen cabinetry work in Carson City.

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Richard Sheldrew - Rich is retired from the Nevada State Department of Transportation. He also performs with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and Rosebud's Dance Band (which is named after his donkey).

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Joi Cerveri - Joi works at the Grand Sierra (the old Reno Hilton) and enjoys performing in a number of local groups.

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Bob Masters - trumpet - Bob currently plays trumpet with Zephyrus Brass Quintet, Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, Rosebud's Dance Band, and Mile High Jazz Band and plays French Horn in a Carson Valley Woodwind Quintet. He is the former first trumpet with the Carson City Symphony. He was featured on Trumpet in Aaron Copland's "Quiet City" with the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra. He is currently studying jazz and improvisation under Paul January. Bob has performed with the Hickman Brass, Ruby Mountain Symphony, Capital City Community Band, and the Toccata Lake Tahoe Orchestra.

In his spare time Bob enjoys swimming, backpacking, fly fishing, alpine and nordic skiing, kayaking, both road and mountain biking, rock climbing, and photography.



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Dean Carter
Dean supplied the following information:
  Background: I grew up in a musical family, my dad was a high school music teacher that played trombone. I studied with Lester Lehr( a Remington student while at Eastman ) in Sacramento as a high school student during which time I played in the Northern California Junior Symphony under Fritz Berens. I came to Nevada on a music scholarship to UNR and studied under Eugene Isaeff. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from UNR.
  Experience: I worked as a full time musician, playing trombone, bass trombone and tuba in the house bands in the Reno/Tahoe area for around twenty-five years. During that time I worked for Bob Crosby, Nelson Riddle, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini and Wayne Newton. I worked for Paul Anka in a trombone section that included Frank Rosolino, Carl Fontana and myself. I worked television shows for Carol Burnett, Perry Como, Andy Williams, the syndicated Sammy Davis Shows, in a section with Kai Winding and the Mike Douglas shows when he came to Tahoe. I played for many years in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe band working for Brian Farnon and for ten years with the Johnny Russell Relief Orchestra. I have played just about every act that ever came to Reno/Tahoe from Frank Sinatra (and Frank Sinatra Junior and Nancy Sinatra) to Frank Gorshin. I also played principal trombone for three years in the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and I played Tuba in the Nevada Brass Quintet for close to 10 years. Currently I play in the Carson City Symphony, the Mile High Jazz Band and the Reno Jazz Orchestra, and have a day job as a software engineer. Now I get to play for fun.

Dean can be reached at His website is at

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Don Smaltz - trombone - Don joined the MHJB on a regular basis in January 2015. He grew up in Lebanon, PA, the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. He started playing Boogie Woogie piano at age 5 and was performing publicly at age 8, playing Boogie Woogie and doing singing impersonations of Al Jolson. After his parents required him to study classical piano at age 13, he switched to trombone playing in the Junior and Senior High School marching & concert bands and the school orchestra. In high school he formed a Dixieland band that appeared on the Paul Whiteman show. At Penn State Univ. he formed a band which played in a variety of venues and paid his way through college and then law school.

Following his admission to the Bar, he served in the JAGC Corps and, when his tour of duty was completed, moved to Los Angeles as an Assistant US Attorney and became a federal prosecutor. Three years later he transitioned to private practice.

Don's family obligations (wife and eventually 4 daughters) and his professional obligations did not allow any spare time for trombone practice. After 30 of absence from the trombone, Bill Watrous encouraged him to begin playing again and directed him to Roy Main to study jazz trombone. When Roy moved from the Los Angeles area, Don began studying with Bill at the USC Jazz Institute. While in the LA area he played with the Pacific Coast Jazz Band VI and a variety of big bands.

His wife Lois retired as a Superior Court Judge in 2007 and they moved to Sequim, WA, where he continued to play in big bands and small groups until moving to Reno in 2013.

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CJ Birch - CJ Birch served as band director at Carson Middle School and Carson High School. He is retired and enjoys fishing. He enjoys studying about the American Civil War and making presentations on the making of long rifles.

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Stephanie Reynolds - bass trombone - Stephanie comes from a highly musical family. She joined the MHJB on a regular basis in May 2014. She is a graduate of Carson High School. She studies music education at the University of Nevada, Reno and does substitute teaching in the Carson City School District. She is the Assistant Conductor of the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra. She also serves as the MHJB Librarian.


Rhythm Section and vocalist

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David Bugli - Piano and Leader
David C. Bugli has a Bachelor of Science Degree in music education from Ithaca College, New York, where he studied composition for four years with Karel Husa. He has a Master of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He has participated in Conductors Workshops presented by the American Symphony Orchestra League in San Francisco and St. Louis. In addition to conducting, he plays classical and jazz piano, tuba, and trombone, and he composes and arranges music.

David Bugli conducts the Carson City Symphony and was Assistant Conductor of the Foundation Orchestra in Reno. For the Carson City Symphony, he arranges music that features guest artists on the Symphony's annual Holiday Treat and Pops Party concerts. In the past he organized the annual Reno TubaChristmas event and led the annual Capitol Tree Lighting on the steps of the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City. The latter featured performances by the Holiday Brass Ensemble (generally about two dozen players) and a group of about two hundred elementary school singers. Along with his wife Ellie, and with the Brewery Arts Center, he has been instrumental in creating and running an annual multi-day jazz festival in Carson. Originally called "Basie @ 100" (2004) and "Basically Basie" (2005), the festival is now called "Jazz & Beyond" and features over 20 performances. He is the recipient of the 2007 Nevada Governor's Arts Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts.


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Bruce Theriot - guitar - Bruce substituted with the MHJB in the fall of 2012 and joined the MHJB on a regular basis in July 2014. He is retired lawyer, living in Gardnerville. He studied at Western Connecticut State University and Vanderbilt University Law School. He was a senior attorney and director of the artist contract section of Capitol Record's law department. Most recently he was Vice President of business and legal affairs for Universal Music in Los Angeles.

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Frank Iannetta - bass - Frank writes:
I'm originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I started playing upright bass after I saw an old Kay in the window of a music store; I paid $100. I started taking lessons from a graduate student from The Cleveland Institute of Music. That was 1972. Aside from that, I'm largely self taught. I moved to Lake Tahoe in 1975. I played electric bass with numerous cover bands in the '70s and '80s. I worked with Brian Farnon with the Lake Tahoe Community Orchestra.

I joined the Tahoe Dance Band in 2006. I've maintained a roofing business since 1988. I've been married to my wife Phyllis for 25 years. I'm an avid golfer. I also like to mountain bike and ski, and have a strong interest in military history.

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Cindee LeVal - vocals - Cindee comes from a musical family. Both of her parents were professional musicians (trumpet players). She played flute from elementary school through college at Cal State Hayward, earning top honors in competitions, and sang in a musical variety group in High School where she met her husband Scott. Cindee has enjoyed singing both in church and with local jazz bands and combos. Currently, she sings with the Mile High Jazz Band of Carson City, the Joe Gray Big Band of Reno, and Rosebud's Dance Band of Gardnerville. She soloed with the Carson City Symphony on its June 2014 Pops Party Concert at the Governor's Mansion. The rest of the time she's just Grammy.



Last updated 8/27/2015