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 & 2017)


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.

MHJB Assoc. Board and Officers
The MHJBA board, effective 6/26/2016:

  • Trustees class of 2017: Ellie Bugli, Susan Crowell, Nick Jacques
  • Trustees class of 2018: Kelly Dodge, Jennifer Simkins, Betty Young
  • Trustees class of 2019: David Bugli, Rita Geil, Gail Kane

Officers (elected at 9/29/2016 Board Meeting):
  • President: David Bugli
  • Vice President: Kelly Dodge
  • Treasurer: Ellie Bugli
  • Secretary: Jennifer Simkins

David & Friends Perform During Wine Walk
Saturday, March 4, 2017

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Back, by popular demand, David & Friends jazz combo will perform at the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, 449 W. King Street, Carson City, on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The live music is part of the Carson City Downtown Business Association Wine Walk, to be held that day from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The group had visitors dancing and listening during their last performance, on February 4. A good time is almost guaranteed.

The Carson City Arts and Culture Coalition and the NAA Gallery will be pouring wine at two tables in the gallery, one of about 30 stops along the Wine Walk route. Wine glasses for participation are available for $15 at the Brewery Arts Center and other locations. Bring your wine glass that shows the official wine walk logo and pay only $12. The music is free.

The combo includes David Bugli, keyboard and trombone; Rocky Tatarelli, tenor sax; George Worth, bass; and Joe Briery, drums. They perform with each other and with several music groups throughout northern Nevada.

For more information about the music, call 775-883-4154. For information about Wine Walks, held the first Saturday of every month, see www.downtowncarson.org/events-2. Tickets may be purchased, in person, on the day of the event at The Carson Nugget, Cactus Jack's, Carson Jewelry and Loan, The Brewery Arts Center, Touched by Angels, and Comma Coffee.

Pictured: David & Friends taking a short break during the last Wine Walk, on February 4.

Mile High Jazz Band Presents
"Jazz & Poetry: Easy as Pi(e)" at Comma Coffee
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Symbol representing Pi

What does the number 3.14 mean to you? To some people, it reminds them of Pi, that elusive and infinite number (3.1415....), which is very useful in mathematics. March 14 of each year is sometimes called "Pi Day" because that can be represented by 3.14 (close enough for jazz). To celebrate Pi Day, the Mile High Jazz Band performs at CommaCoffee.com on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The theme for the night is "Easy as Pi(e)."

Join the festivities as various poet/readers riff on the concepts of mathematics, baked goods (pies), and other associated ideas. Vocalist Cindee LeVal will be featured.

Admission is $5 general and free for age 18 and under.

For information about the Mile High Jazz Band, call 775-883-4154 or see milehighjazz.com.

Jazz & Beyond – Carson City
Music and Art Festival
August 4-21, 2017

Photograph of harmonica soloist Ronnie Shellist

Media release – February 24, 2017: Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City present the 14th Annual Jazz & Beyond Festival. It features 18 days of Music, Art, and Film at multiple venues in Carson City, August 4-21.

"Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort," said committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. "Sponsors and volunteers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep most performances admission free."

The festival opens on Friday, August 4, at the historic Bliss mansion, corner Mountain and Robinson Streets. An art show and sale on the porch at 4:00 p.m. features artists from the Capital City Arts Initiative and the Nevada Artists Association. Music on the lawn begins at 4:30 p.m. followed by by Cherie and John Shipley with Take This band at 6:30 p.m.

The Hohner Road Show, a 2-hour, indoor presentation hosted by blues harmonica pro Ronnie Shellist and artist manager Gizzy O'Toole will be on Sunday, August 6, at the Brewery Arts Center. The show is a mix of performance, teaching, and demonstration. It includes displays, harmonica giveaways, and hands-on instructional components. Following the road show, harmonica artist Tom Stryker will present outdoor blues and jazz band performances featuring Ronnie Shellist.

The second annual “A Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch,” 2648 Carson River Road on the east side of Prison Hill, will be on Sunday, August 13, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Bluegrass and Western music, live animals, and food trucks will be featured.

Free concerts also will be held at the Legislative Plaza and Capital Amphitheater, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson Mall, Comma Coffee Courtyard, Bob McFadden Plaza, Brewery Arts Center, and other Carson City venues. A full schedule of events will be available on the website JazzCarsonCity.com. For sponsor and volunteer opportunities, call 775-883-4154.

Pictured: Harmonica great Ronnie Shellist will perform at the Jazz & Beyond - Carson City Music Festival at Brewery Arts Center on August 13.

Most Comma Coffee gigs are on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30 to 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.

The next Jazz & Beyond Festival is scheduled for Aug. 4-20, 2017. Mark your calendars now.


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 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 3/2/2017