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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),
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.
Elizabeth Eubanks - alto sax (plus flute and clarinet)
Liz grew up in far Northern California, earning her AA degree at Shasta College,
BA and CA teaching credential in music at CSU, Chico, and her MA in Music at Southern Oregon
University, American Band College. Some of her undergraduate scholarships include the areas
of double reeds as well as the Bravo Opera scholarship at CSUC.
During her undergraduate years, she studied with oboist Neil Tatman and Mike Bankhead.
She has worked under several international composers, conductors, and artists such as
Robert W. Smith, Johan de Meij, James Barns, and Francis Macbeth, through her MA studies.
She has taught in the public school system for many years and is now looking to enter the
medical field. She has taught symphonic, concert, jazz and marching band, string orchestra,
as well as beginning through advanced choir, in addition to piano and guitar. While teaching
at Corning Union High School, she coached track & field as well as alpine snowboarding, and
also coached Nordic Skiing at South Tahoe High School.
She has performed in a variety of ensembles - as an oboist/English horn player for
organizations throughout Northern California, such as the Paradise Symphony Orchestra,
Chico Symphony Orchestra, Simpson Sinfonia, and has performed as the principle oboe
for the Shasta Symphony for over a decade. She has performed on baritone saxophone
for the Straight Ahead Big Band and has been a woodwind "doubler" for various ensembles,
organizations, and pit orchestras such as the Redding City Theater Company,
Shasta College theater productions, and for Lake Tahoe Community College.
Liz is currently the principal oboist for the Carson City Symphony and
performs vocally and on oboe/English horn from time to time for TOCCATA (The Orchestra
and Community Choral Artist of the Tahoe Area.) She conducts the Carson Valley Pops
Orchestra as well as Rosebud's Dance Band and also teaches private music lessons.
She enjoys all that greater Tahoe area has to offer. In her spare time, she is an avid
outdoor enthusiast and revels in activities such as rock climbing, skiing, and cycling,
taking delight in many other activities in between.
Joseph (Jojo) Shelley - lead tenor sax (plus flute) writes:
"I’m sure I heard jazz in the womb. My mother was an amateur jazz singer in the
bay area and my father played Dizzy, Shaw, Herman and all the other jazz greats constantly
throughout the years."
Joe was born in Oakland California in 1951, and grew up surrounded by music. His
sisters were both woodwind players and his brother played a mean piano as well.
Choosing sports rather than music, Joe went through his high school days heavily involved
in field and track. It wasn't until discharge from the Navy in 1972 that he developed
an interest to play the favorite instrument of his, the saxophone.
Joe attained his inspiration to learn to play a saxophone while on a midnight walk
through the streets of San Francisco. The soloist was nowhere to be seen due to the
maze of buildings and fog which cloaked the city that evening but the voice was
mesmerizing. The rest is history.
Joe played for community bands to get his "chops" working and attended San Francisco
City College to gain experience in jazz formats.
Today Joe enjoys playing his horns throughout the Carson Valley and Sierra foothills.
Jake Page - tenor sax - He writes:
At about the age of 5, my mother showed me how to read the notes on
sheet music and what key to press on the piano for each note. A couple
months later, my dad got rid of the piano. I never understood why.
One Christmas, I got a keyed harmonica. Soon, the most frequent
request was to play "Far Far Away." In fifth and sixth grade I played
trumpet. Once again, I was often asked to play "Far Far Away." That
sure is popular.
I always liked to tinker. Just before my senior year in high
school, I found a broken clarinet in a second-hand store for three
dollars. I figured out a way to repair it with epoxy glue and cotton
sewing thread. I then proceeded to see if I could figure out how to
play it. I just can't believe it -- the most frequent request was to
play "Far Far Away" - some tunes are just classic! In my senior year
of high school, I played the B-flat clarinet in the freshman band for
the first semester. The second semester, I played the much larger
E-flat contra-alto clarinet in the school's concert band.
After graduating from high school, I spent almost 20 years in
the U.S. Air Force. While enlisted, I was in the pest control
field. I later went to college and spent the last 16 years in the
Air Force as a Systems Analyst and Engineering Physicist. During
that time, I played in community bands where they were available on
clarinet and bass clarinet. Whenever I practiced at home, our dogs
would go "far far away." There's always a critic.
I moved to Reno after completing my Air Force career in 1992.
When a local rehearsal big band started in 1995, I began playing tenor
saxophone in that group, learning playing techniques from fellow band
members. I joined the Mile High Jazz Band in 2009.
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. I am married, with three lovely daughters, two dogs, and one cat."
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).
Barbara Molt - Barbara Molt is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., where she
received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. She also holds a Certificate of Recording
Engineering from The Grove School of Music in Van Nuys, CA, and worked as a sound engineer
at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, NV. She has been the director of the Truckee Meadows
Community College Jazz Ensemble for more than ten years. She was previously the director
and lead trumpet player of the Sierra Society Swing Band in Carson City. Along with playing
in the Mile High Jazz Band, she is currently a member of the Reno Municipal Band, plays lead
trumpet in the Let's Dance Band, and subs in various other bands in the area. Her playing
repertoire includes orchestra, concert band, rock bands, funk bands, pit orchestra, brass
quartet/quintet, studio work and of course big bands.
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).
Joi Cerveri - Joi works at the Grand Sierra (the old Reno Hilton) and enjoys performing in a number of
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 email@example.com. His
website is at http://mysite.ncnetwork.net/resu5r8u.
Mike Allen - Mike wrote the following: I received my first musical
instrument at the age of ten; it was a guitar. Then in junior high school
I began playing a baritone horn. The individual that recruited me was Kevin
Workman, and my first music director was Harry Stover. Through the efforts
of my father and the school music director's suggestions, I began commuting
to Reno from where I lived to play with the Reno Municipal City Band on
numereous occasions and later, in High School, the trombone became the instrument
of choice. I received instruction and lessons for playing the trombone from Leo
Elmen of Maytan Music, and later Mac McGrannhan III of the University of Reno
music department. I participated in a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York City to
play with the McDonald's All-American High School Marching Band in 1976
under the direction of Paul Lavaell.
Years later I returned to play horn again with various local jazz
bands and (small) big bands in which I had so graciously and humbly been
allowed to take part. An owing of gratitude has to be given to the likes
of those people that ran the bands and they are: Larry Holloway, Mel
Hilbert, Barbara Molt, Brian Farnon, Al Smith, Danny Yale, and David
Bugli. Other influences came from the local barbershopper's quartet
chapter as well as Church and from time to time friends playing popular
rock music with guitars, drums and mayhem. Jazz has and continues
to be always a favorite genre and the opportunity for me to play
my trombone alongside such wonderful talent has always been a great privilege.
Ed.: Besides being a fine trombonist, Mike sometimes takes on additional
duties as vocalist with the band.
CJ Birch - CJ Birch served as band director at Carson Middle School and Carson High
School. He is retired and enjoys fishing.
Curt Barnes - bass trombone - Curt Barnes played tenor trombone in swing and dance bands
in Los Angeles and in the Army. He played bass trombone in the community stage band in
Mt. Shasta, Calif., and in the Tahoe Community Orchestra and Tahoe Big Band. Barnes
is married happily to Hillis, and has four children and three grandchildren. Barnes feels
privileged to "blow my horn with very high caliber musicians in the Mile High Jazz Band"
and to continue to develop his musical skills. He also has a passion for skiing, takes to the slopes daily in
the winter, and runs House of Ski up at Lake Tahoe (at Highway 50 and Kingsbury
Grade, Stateline, NV).
Rhythm Section and vocalist
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.
Steve Hayes - guitar - As a big band guitarist, Steve follows the tradition of Freddie Green,
playing an acoustic orchestral guitar strictly as a rhythm instrument.
Steve played trumpet at 8, banjo at 14, and picked up guitar at 17
studying with a local jazz guitarist, Vern Older, in Palo Alto, CA. He
played rock and blues until one night in college he heard "Kind of Blue"
by Miles Davis, which transformed his outlook on music and improvisation.
Steve's big band experience included a two-year stint in the late 1970s
with a rehearsal band comprising retired and ex-Count Basie members.
He was in the No Fault Big Band and the Russ Button's Swing Orchestra in
the SF Bay area in the 1990s.
Throughout his musical career Steve has taught guitar, played recording
sessions, casual and stage engagements. He has been an active
participant in jam sessions throughout the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and
Northern Nevada. Steve continues to seek opportunities to play
improvisational electric guitar in a jazz and blues vein.
Contact Steve via electronic mail via:
lefty.guitar (at) charter (dot) net
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.
Brandon Dodge - drums - Brandon
Dodge started playing at the age of 10 when he received a drum kit for Christmas. He
sharpened his chops as part of the CHS band program as a member of the jazz, marching,
and concert bands. He was a part of the high school all state music performance
at UNLV. Brandon can also be found joining in other local groups and jazz jams
in the Carson City area.
He is currently (2012) studying percussion with Dr. Andrew Heglund at the UNR. He
plans to graduate from high school in 2013 and go on to play in college and beyond.
Sheryl Adams - vocals (currently on leave from the band)
Sheryl Adams studied theater and musical comedy at San Francisco
State University. She was a member of Group Repertory Theater, appeared in shows, films,
and television, and directed a theater program for the Downtown Women's Center in
Los Angeles. She studied singing with Joe Newman and Oscar Robinson, and
jazz stylings with Carol Ettman in Reno, and sings with several big bands, combos,
and duos. She has sung with Brian Farnon's Big Band; the Reno Municipal Big Band,
Dixieland, and small swing bands; the "Satin Dolls" a capella trio; "Three Mezzos
in concert: I, II, and III," and the "Fine and Mellow" combo. In 2008, she completed a theater
degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she appeared in a number of theater
productions there (including
"The Threepenny Opera").