Mile High Summer Jazz Camp in Carson City
June 7-13, 2017

Nick Jacques 775-283-2867,
Elinor Bugli 775-883-4154

Mile High Jazz Band Association, in cooperation with Carson Middle School, presents a five-day Jazz Camp with sessions for middle- and high-school musicians, weekdays June 7-13, 2017, in the band room at Carson Middle School, 1140 W. King St., in Carson City. Beginning and advanced sessions are open to students from Carson City and surrounding areas in northern Nevada and California.

Photograph from June 2016 Jazz Camp, with Jon Brill, guest instructor.

The introductory Jazz Explorers Camp, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. each day, is for middle-school students who want a sample of what playing jazz music is all about. It includes learning the blues scale, improvisation skills, and swing and rock styles. The registration fee includes music, instruction, and snacks.

The Jazz Ensemble Camp, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day, is for experienced middle-school and high-school musicians, including graduated seniors. Students will prepare songs in various jazz styles, learn solos, and perform in a public concert. Registration fee includes music, instruction, snacks, and a performance with the Mile High Jazz Band on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the McFadden Plaza stage in Carson City.

Organizer-director is Nick Jacques, band director at Carson Middle School, with guest instructors from the Mile High Jazz Band. Advance registration is required. Students can register online at ; Special guest instructors include UNR Professor Dr. Andrew Heglund and UNR senior Brandon Dodge, who will demonstrate mallet percussion and performance, and members of the Mile High Jazz Band.

Students may register for one or both sessions. The fee for Jazz Explorers is $25 for the week; for Jazz Ensemble is $40; and for both is $55. Payment by cash or check payable to “MHJB” is due the first day of camp. Some scholarships will be available. For more information, contact Nick Jacques at 775-283-2867 or

Mile High Summer Jazz Camp is supported in part by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo: Middle- and high-school musicians at Mile High Jazz Camp last summer, with Jon Brill, guest instructor.