About

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.

UPDATE: The Minidoka Swing Band is ready to do performances/gigs for 2022-2023!!! Please email Laura, Band manager, to book us today! lcbaxter@frontier.com

NEXT EVENTS – Open to the public:

July 15, 2022, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Nikkei Park (aka North Image Park), 5009 NE 135th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98682

July 31, 2022, 2:00 – 4:00pm at Epworth Methodist Church, 1333 SE 28th Ave. (off SE Hawthorne Blvd), Portland, OR 97214

August 14, 2022, 2:00-3:00pm at Arcadia Senior Living, 13031 SE Foster Rd. Portland, OR 97236

December 10, 2022, PRIVATE event at Summerplace Clubhouse

Audio only podcast: Drop-in Session with the Minidoka Swing Band – Portland Radio Project (prp.fm)

**Listen to our great tribute to the Nissei veterans of WWII honoring the release of the USPS Go For Broke Nissei Stamp #StampOurStory

Listen to some of our great music!!!