MILE HIGH JAZZ BAND
The Mile High Jazz Band, an 18-member “big band” composed of 17 instrumentalists and a v####highjazz.com/index.htmocalist, 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.
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.