The Minidoka Swing Band is led by Larry Nobori, and accomplished Jazz artist and retired Portland School District music teacher. The band consists of 18 musicians and 3 vocalists. Musicians have ranged in age from 12 to 87 years of age. Several of our band members were actually interned during WWII and several other band members had parents and grandparents interned. Our band is named after the Minidoka Internment Camp which was located near Twin Falls, Idaho and where a majority of the Japanese-Americans from the Northwest were interned during WWII after the signing of Executive Order No. 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. For more information on the band please continue viewing our website. Thank you!
The Minidoka Swing Band is excited to be a part of this KEET-TV project funded by a grant from the National Park Service and the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program to create "J.A. JIVE: Swing Music in the Japanese American Internment Camps"