"Sharing Our Heritage & Culture through Music" to Communities of Oregon and beyond 2015-16

KMHD Jazz Radio - Jazz Event Highlights!

Past Event Venues:

  • Minidoka Internment site-Twin Falls, ID
  • Japan: Tokyo, Minamisoma, Gotemba, Fujisawa
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Portland State University
  • University of Portland
  • Tigard Library
  • Pacific NW Buddhist Convention-Double Tree Motel
  • Glenn & Viola Walters Curltural Arts Center
  • Uwajimaya Festival
  • Oregon Nikkei Endowment
  • Multnomah Central Library
  • NW Methodist Church Conference
  • Japanese American Historical Plaza
  • Japanese American Memorial Wall-Seattle, WA
  • Urban League of Portland
  • Oregon Covention Center
  • Mochitsuki-Scottish Rite Center
  • Portland Waterfront Marriott
  • Japanese Festival-Washougal, WA
  • Nisei Day of Remembrance
  • Willamette University-Salem, OR
  • Remembrance Celebration
  • Epworth Methodist Church
  • Oregon International Air Show
  • Washington County Museum
  • Avamere at Hillsboro
  • Star Theatre-Portland, OR
  • Portland State University
  • JACL National Convention-Bellevue, WA
  • Hyatt Regency-Bellevue, WA
  • Showtime at Shute
  • National Night Out
  • The Watershed at Hillsdale
  • Bounder RV National Rally-Odell, WA
  • Hood River County Fairgrounds
  • Oregon Buddhist Temple
  • Courtyard Village-Vancouver, WA
  • Dick's Country Dodge-Hillsboro, OR
  • Washington Park Amphitheater
  • Oregon History Museum
  • Columbia Gorge Discovery Center-The Dalles, OR
  • Various Senior Centers



Thank You to our Minidoka Swing Band Financial Supporters!

KANSAI OSAKA 21st CENTURY ASSOCIATION - Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund Grant - Osaka Japan 2014-2015


PLATINUM Plus ($5000-$10000)

  • Mable Boggs IMO of her sister Orga Fusae Shoji
  • Intel Corporation (Matching Employee Grant from Mike Strassmaier)

PLATINUM ($1000-$4999)

  • Karl,Laura & Kyle Baxter / Laura Cassens Baxter (IMO Roland & Shirley Cassens)
  • Inukai Family Foundation

GOLD ($500-$999)

  • George Azumono (IMO Nobi Azumono)
  • Inukai Family Foundation
  • DEEP (Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland)


  • Portland JACL
  • Mary Iwasaki
  • Jim Nagae IMO of his mother Kiyo Nagae

BRONZE ($100-$199)

  • Terry Kawamoto
  • Shig & Yo Yuzuriha
  • Dr. Albert & Masuko Oyama
  • Mark Namba
  • Mike & Kamio Strassmaier
  • Oregon Nikkei Endowment
  • Frances "Chickie" Ishihari Wite

DONATIONS ($99 or less)

  • Mr. & Mrs. Harold Onishi
  • Homer & Miki Yaui

And to the many other supportors of our band . . . thank you!


Past Events:

The Minidoka Swing Band was formed in 2007 and has been keeping very busy. Check out our past performances!
  • June 22-23, 2008 - Two Perfomances at the Minidoka Internment site, Twin Falls, ID

  • July, 2008 - Thank You Concert to our supporters - Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR


  • Saturday, January 31, 2009 - "Oregon Reads - 150 Years" - Tigard Library, Tigard Oregon. (450 attendees)
  • Saturday evening, February 14, 2009 - Pacific NW Buddhist Convention - Double Tree Motel, Portland, OR - 2 hr. dance. (350 attendees)
  • Saturday, March 28, 2009 - Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center - KODOMO NO TAME NI (For the Sake of the Children). Storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung uses history-based stories and musical accompaniment by Mike Van Liew to bring to life the complex Japanese-American WWII experience. Also on stage will be traditional koto player Yukiko Vossen. Special guest appearance by the Minidoka Swing Band.
  • Saturday June, 2009, performance at Uwjimaya in Beaverton, OR.
  • Saturday, September 5, 2009 - ONE (Oregon Nikkei Endowment) Street Dance and competition - 1 to 2:30pm- China Town, Portland, OR. Dance contest Organizers: Syncopated Rhythms.


  • Saturday, January 24, 2010 - "Snow Falling on Cedars" discussion and music - Multnomah Central Library - 12:30 to 2:30pm. (200 attendees)
  • Saturday, April 10, 2010 - Methodist Church Conference - at the Refectory Restaurant, Portland, OR.
  • Friday, July 30, 2010 - Twenty year Anniversary and Re-dedication of the Japanese American Historical Plaza, Portland, OR. Party at the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain downtown Portland, after the re-dedication with the Minidoka Swing Band. Dedications begins at 5pm, Portland Taiko play and 6pm and the Minidoka Swing band plays at 6:30pm. ( 500 attendees)
  • Sunday, September 5, 2010 - Dedication of Japanese American Memorial Wall, Seattle Washington. Band will play at 1:30 pm, Dedication starts at 2:00 pm and then the band will play for an hour after the dedication. Location: Nissei Veterans Hall at 12th Avenue South and South Jackson St. in Seattle. (1500 attendees)
  • Thursday, November 3, 2010 - Reception for the Urban League of Portland's Annual Awards Dinner, 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Oregon Convention Center.http://www.ulpdx.org/news-events_index.html


  • Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 2011 Mochitsuki, Scottish Rite Center, Portland, OR. Open to the public-There is an admission cost. Buy tickets early and save. *Celebration hours - 11:00am to 5:00pm **Band performance time is 12:00-1:00pm http://mochipdx.org
  • Saturday, February 19, 2011 - "An Intimate Dinner with George Takei." A benefit for Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Fighting for Civil Rights: THE JAPANESE AMERICAN and LGBTQ EXPERIENCE.
    Time: 5:00-7:00PM.
    Location: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
    The Minidoka Swing Band will play at the reception from 4:45 PM to 5:45 PM with Dinner at 6:00 PM.
    Tickets available online at www.oregonnikkei.org
    or call             503-224-1458      
  • Saturday, March 12, 2011 - Washougal HS Japanese/Community Japanese Festival in Washougal, WA.  Festival time is 2:00pm until 7:00pm. The Minidoka Swing Band will perform from3-4pm.
  • Friday, April 1, 2011 - The Minidoka Swing Band, Willamette University in Salem, OR. *12:00pm - Private Nikei luncheon with Nisei Families & invited guests. Open to the Public:  * 1:30pm - Dedication of permanent bench and commemorative display outside in Jackson Plaza.  **2:30pm - Concert Featuring Minidoka Swing Band and former Poet Laureate of Oregon, Lawson Inada at the Rogers Music Center.
  • May 15, 2011 - Robbie Remembrance: 1 year later - This May will mark the first year of the loss of a mentor, visionary, leader, and great friend to all, Robbie Tsuboi. In tribute to all Robbie has done for us the Minidoka Swing Band, Hula Pa Makani Kolonahe, Friends of Goose Hollow (Goosers), and Unite People will be having a memorial celebration on Sunday, May 15 at Epworth Methodist Church, 1333 SE 27th Ave. The event will be about Robbie’s two favorite tenets, food and fun. The event will begin with a potluck lunch (main dish will be provided, side dishes are welcome) at 11:30 am and followed by a program in the sanctuary at 1:30 pm. We invite all those in the community to come and remember Robbie and let us thank you for sharing her with us.  The Minidoka Swing Band;  Ka Pa Hula Makani Kolonahe;  Goosers;  Unite People
  • August 20 & 21, 2011 - Oregon International Air Show - 9am to 11am; Hillsboro, OR  OregonLIve.com mentions the Minidoka Swing Band.
  • September 24, 2011 - Washington County Museum - Bring the family, a picnic lunch and enjoy an outdoor concert by the Minidoka Swing Band from 12 noon to 2:30 PM. The Museum will feature an exhibit which is on loan from the Nikkei Legacy Center entitled "Taken: FBI" and paintings by Sharon Inahara. Admission to the Museum will be FREE on this day.
  • December 4, 2011 - Avamere at Hillsboro - Come hear our new Christmas tunes along with some traditional swing tunes and start out the Christmas Season right, 1-3 PM, 2000 SE 30th Ave, Hillsboro, OR.  Open to the public, no admission charged.

2012swing dance

  •  February 11, 2012 - OREGON NIKKEI ENDOWMENT'S SWEATHEART SWING DANCE  Presents a "Sweeheart Swing Dance" - Star Theatre- 7pm-10pm, 13 NW 6th Avenue, Portlandwith basice swing dance lessons from 7-7:30pm - Portland, OR - One week before the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, this dance commemorates the joy of Nikkei life before internment whle also encouraging the intergenerational passing of traditions.  Call the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center at  (503) 224-1458 to purchase advance tickets.$15 in advance, $20 at the door. Join us at the Star Theatre for a special Sweetheart Swing Dance, featuring the Minidoka Swing Band.
  • February 19, 20122012 JACLDAY OF REMEMBRANCE Remembering 70 years since the signing of Executive Order #9077 Day of Remembrance Hosted by the Portland JACL at Hoffman Hall, 1833 SW 11th Ave.   2-4PM Portland State University www.pdxjacl.org  Join Portland JACL for the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. This event will feature a panel discussion moderated by Linda Tamura, a performance by the Minidoka Swing Band, and a special presentation to former internees attending. Contact Portland JACL to learn more. 
  • July 7, 2012 - The 43rd Annual JACL National Convention - Sayonara Dinner and Dance, Hyatt Regency, Bellevue Washington. from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.  Program included the Nissei Veterans posting of the colors with the MSB band playing the National Anthem and the Armed Forces Medley.  The Minidoka Swing Band presented the small group "The Jive Bombers of Manzanar" playing during the dinner hour.  Then the full band played for a 2-hr. dance at the completion of the awards dinner from 9-11pm. Click the video link: JACL 2012 National Convention
  • July 19, 2012  - Showtime at Shute presented by Hillsboro Community Arts - 7 PM to 9 PM at Shute Park, 799 SE 10th Ave., Hillsboro, OR.
  • August 10, 2012National Night Out (NNO) presented by the Watershed at Hillsdale from - 7 PM to 9 PM at The Watershed at Hillsdale, 633 Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR
  • September 22, 2012Bounder RV 2012 National Rally Presented by the OR-E-GUN Bounders Club.  From 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hood River Fairgrounds, Odell, OR. 
  • October  22, 2012 - Minidoka Swing Band OPEN REHEARSAL - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Oregon Buddhist Temple, 3720 SE 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97202  (SE Powell and SE 34th Ave.) - No admission and open to the public 
  • December 2, 2012 - SWING INTO SOLSTICE, Swing_into_Solstice.pdf - Holiday Music presented by the Watershed at Hillsdale - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at The Watershed at Hillsdale,  633 Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR - No charge and open to the public


  • April 24, 2013 - This is for you Chickie!, 4-6pm at Courtyard Village, Vancouver WA - No charge and open to the public
  • May 25, 2013 - Dick Inukai 5K Birthday Run, A fundraiser for the Inukai Family Foundations. Thank you to the Inukai family for thier great support. Hillsboro, OR
  • August 24, 2013 - "Searchlight Serenade" Film Screening. Co-sponsored by Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Nikkei Endowment and Portland JACL, Hilton Portland Grand Ballroom, Portland, OR
  • September 8, 2013 - Private Wedding, International Rose Garden Amphitheater, Portland, OR
  • September 14, 2013 - Community Day at the Oregon History Museum - Free Music & Free Admission to the Museum.  MSB plays from 2-4pm on the Plaza - Portland, OR
  • September 29, 2013 - 2013 Festival Japan, Uwajimaya, Beaverton, OR (event cancelled due to stormy weather)
  • October 5, 2013 - "A Vintage Evening: 1940's Big Band Blit", Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, The Dalles, OR
  • December 1, 2013 - HOLIDAY Concert & Dance, 2-4pm at the Pioneer Community/Senior Center, Oregon City, OR
  • December 23, 2013 - Special musical presentation to special guests from Hiroshima Japan, Mr. Ken Murakmi and Family, CEO of Brain Music Company in Hiroshima Japan. 


  • February 9, 2014 - Northwest Buddhist Convention Dance, Sheraton PDX Hotel, Portland, OR
  • April 12, 2014 - Newberg Camellia Festival-An Asian/Pacific-Rim Cultural Celebration, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
  • April 27, 2014 - Music for Everyone, and Chickie Too!, Courtyard Village, Vancouver, WA
  • June 20, 2014 - Pacific NW United Methodist Annual Conference, Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallu, WA
  • August 1, 2015 - National Night Out Patio Concert, Watershed at Hillsdale, Portland, OR
  • September 21, 2015 - Festival Japan, Uwajimaya, Beaverton, OR
  • November 8, 2014 - 2nd Annual Art Gala Fundraiser for NAMI Washington County with Michael Allen Harrison & the Minidoka Swing Band, Walter's Culteral Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR
  • December 7, 2014 - Community Day, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria, OR
  • December 14, 2014 - Holiday Show, Courtyard Village, Vancouver, WA


  • March 7, 2015 - Annual Spring Concert with Special guest performance by Mr. Shoehorn-Tapdancing Saxaphonist, Church of Christ, Hillsboro, OR
  • April 11, 2015 - Newberg Camelia Festival - An Asian/Pacific-Rim Cultural Celebration, Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR
  • June 6, 2015 - Memorial Service for Bruce Brown (MSB Photographer), Epworth United Methodist Church, Portland, OR
  • June 21, 2015 - North Portland Sunday Parkways, Arbor Lodge Park, Portland, OR
  • July 31, 2015 - National Night Out (NNO) Patio Concert, Watershed at Hillsdale, Portland, OR
  • Sept. 27, 2015 - Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sundy Parkways, Brooklyn School Park, Portland, OR
  • Oct. 3, 2015 - Blake Sakamoto Presents "A Special Evening of Music & Dancing: A Fundraiser for the Minidoka Swing Band's Japan tripm, Adreanna Hill Grand Ballroom, Portland, OR
  • Sharing Our Heritage & Culture through Music to Japan:

**Nov. 8, 2015 - Tama University in Fujisawa http://www.tama.ac.jp/english/sgs_overview.html 

**Nov. 10, 2015 - Franciscan Chapel Center in Roppongi http://franciscanchapelcentertokyo.org

**Nov. 12, 2015 - Friendship Exchange in Iwaki-City

**Nov. 13, 2015 - Meet & Greet with City officials

**Nov. 14, 2015 - Jazz Seminar 

**Nov. 14, 2015 - Performance at JAS Mall in Miniamisoma

**Nov. 15, 2015 - PM-Performance at Civic Hall in Gotemba  http://www.ms-ia.org/indexeng.html

**Nov. 15, 2015 meet with members of Osaka Grant Committee -The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund: KANSAI OSAKA 21st Century Association http://osaka21.or.jp/jecfund/en/

**Nov. 15, 2015 - Reception with Gotemba International Committee


  • Dec. 19, 2015 - Holiday Party, Russelville Park East, Portland, OR
  • Dec. 31, 2015 - New Years Eve at Jennings McCall Retirement Community, Forest Grove, OR



  • January 21, 2017, Towncenter Village Retirement Community  | Happy Valley, OR
  • February 12, 2017, Valentine Luncheon & Concert, Valley Hope Community Church  | Hillsboro, OR
  • April 8, 2017, Camellia Festival, Chehalm Cultural Center  | Sherwood, OR