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Minidoka Swing Band / Press

“Dear Friends, The Minidoka Swing Band Japan Concert Tour 2015 will be “Sharing US-Japanese Heritage & Culture through Music to Japan” November 6-16, 2015. We are asking for your help to finance this historical tour so the Minidoka Swing Band can share an important part of Japanese American history through educational narration, pictures and music of the era. All of the musicians in the band and their two managers are volunteers and receive no pay. They volunteer their time and talent to the Minidoka Swing Band to educate and preserve this important period of Japanese American history. It’s been 70 years since WWII ended and over 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry (62% of whom were American citizens) were released from their imprisonment. Many of these survivors are gone and there are ever decreasing numbers left to keep the history alive. The Minidoka Swing Band has three members who are survivors of the WWII incarceration and many band members had family members incarcerat”

“by SAINT BRYAN / KING TV5-Evening Magazine - Seattle Washington Posted on July 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM The Minidoka Swing Band is a tribute band vowing to never forget Japanese Americans interned during WWII. Once you hear their music you’ll never forget them either!”

“Dear Larry and Laura, I didn't get a chance on Saturday night to tell you both how wonderfully the band played; you all sounded so tight! All my friends who came really enjoyed it and probably would have gotten out on the dance floor, but there were professionals out there! Really, we just enjoyed watching the dancers and listening to the great music. You all sounded marvelous and I hope it met your expectations. I was so happy that Oregon Nikkei was able to combine our groups together. Thank you so much for agreeing to play for the event! Sam took some photos, so I will post them on our website. I am currently in the process of getting ready for an exhibit, so it will take me another week or so, to get them online, but I'll email you when it's up. Again, thank you so much for the fabulous music. My 91-year-old friend was enthralled and you brought her back to her past in a flash. Warmly, Amy Searchlight Serenade Premier at Hilton Portland Grand Ballroom on 8/5/13”

“I was transported to my boyhood imprisoned in two U.S. internment camps at that memorable evening two weekends ago at the reception for the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Our barrack was just across the way from the mess hall at both camps. So, one of my cherished memories from those years is that of the music that wafted over on Saturday nights from the mess hall after my mother put us to bed. The music of the 40’s that I heard from the Minidoka Swing Band sounded so familiar and sweet. That was the music of my boyhood. That was the sound that I loved. And it was brought back to me so marvelously that evening in Portland. My appreciation and gratitude goes to those talented musicians for keeping a dulcet part of a dark experience so melodically alive. My thanks to you and the talented musicians for the great work that you are doing. Warm regards, George Takei" ”