The Minidoka Swing Band remembers the Japanese Americans who were interned behind barbed wire during WWII. The band consists of 17 musicians and 2 vocalists. Three of our band members were actually interned during WWII and several of our band members had parents, grandparents and other family members interned.
Our big band plays at festivals, concerts in the park, schools, retirement homes, and special events such as weddings, retirements, holiday parties and more. We have played at special events and concerts in Seattle, Puyallup and Vancouver, WA; Portland Metro area, Hood River, The Dalles, Astoria, Salem, and Eugene, OR; San Francisco, San Mateo, Mountain View/San Jose, and Sacramento, CA;
Special performances and concerts during our 2015 Japan tour. Tokyo, Yokohama, Iwaki-City, Minamisoma, and Gotemba.
We are a not-for-profit swing band associated with the Portland Japanese American Citizens League. All donations are tax deductible…Non-profit Portland JACL – EIN 201116631.
At this time, MSB has limited performances due to the Covid-19 virus. But please stay tuned for updates on when our performances and concerts can begin again! We look forward to entertaining and educating again soon!
UPDATE: The Minidoka Swing Band will be playing for the 40th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival virtual live stream event on July 19, 2020 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. We will add the link and how to watch as soon as it becomes available!!! The Entire Jazz festival dates are July 17-19, 2020.