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Minidoka Swing Band

Minidoka Swing Band

Jazz / Big Band / Swing Portland, OR  US
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy w/ Todd Yuzuriha
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy w/ Todd Yuzuriha
Sentimental Journey w/ vocalist Shig Sakamoto
Sentimental Journey w/ vocalist Shig Sakamoto
Tuxedo Junction w/ vocalist Nola Sugai Bogle
Tuxedo Junction w/ vocalist Nola Sugai Bogle
Fly Me To the Moon w/ vocalist Jo Peterson
Fly Me To the Moon w/ vocalist Jo Peterson
American Patrol
American Patrol


Polka Medley


  • Sun

    Aug 2

    Portland, OR, US | 3:15pm

    Oregon Nikkei Endowment is proud to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial. A free and open to the public event will be held at the Plaza at the north end of the Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park (NW Naito Parkway at Couch Street) on Sunday, August 2 Music by the Minidoka Swing Band from 3:15pm to 3:55 p.m. Special speakers from 4:00pm to 5:00pm including Ken Boddie, MC, Anne Naito-Campbell, Nick Fish, Bud Clark George Takei. Special music by Nola Sugai Bogle of the Minidoka Swing Band. Following the event will be a celebratory cruise on the Portland Spirit. Boarding will begin at 5:30 and a dinner cruise will take place from 6-8:30 pm. Tickets are $100 for general public, $85 for Friends of O.N.E., and $50.00 for 12 and under. George Takei will be the special guest for this evening out on the Willamette River. Music will be provided by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini. For tickets and sponsorship information, you can contact the Oregon Nikkei Endowment at 503-224-1458 or by email at info@oregonnikkei.org. Registration is possible online through www.oregonnikkei.org.

  • Fri

    Jul 31

    Portland, OR, US | 6:00pm

    Join us for National Night Out Patio Concert presented by the Watershed at Hillsdale. The shaded concert will feature food and visits by local neighborhood police and firemen. Concert is from 6:30 to 8:30pm

  • Sun

    Jun 21

    Portland, OR, US | 11:15am

    Join us on Father's Day, June 21st at Portland Parkways. Listen to the Minidoka Swing Band from 11:30am to 12:30am then ride your bike or walk the route!

  • Sat

    Jun 6

    Portland, OR, US | 1:30pm

    Bruce, taking the picture in the above photo, was the best groupie and photographer and friend a band could have. He has supported and followed us to all our practices and events since 2007! We'll miss your Bruce. Our condolences to your family.

  • Sat

    Apr 11

    Newberg, OR, US | 10:00am

    The Minidoka Swing Band opens the days entertainment with a musical performance on the Main Stage. Come start your day with us and then stay for all of the other great entertainment, flower show and 5K Run/Walk. FREE, FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT


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    Wendy Baltzell to Minidoka Swing Band Sunday, Sept. 21st at 2:57pm · Loved your performance today!
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    From a new fan: "Me and my husband truly enjoyed watching your fabulous band yesterday at Uwajimaya. This was actually the very first time we have hear about your band and right away we immediately fell in love of ALL of your amazing talents! We look forward to listening to more Minidoka Swing Band music again! Keep up the great job! . . . Annie Sylvestre
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    From: Amy Uyeki ("Searchlight Serenade" artist) RE: Saturday night's premier showing of "Seachight Serenade" and dance TO: Laura Baxter and Larry Nobori 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
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    Jon B. Albertson August 24 Thank you so much for inviting us to the movie premier (Searchlight Serenade)! Wonderful history, music, and wonderful audience! What a joy and honor!


  • Bill Naito Parkway-Portland, OR
  • Nola Sugai Bogle
  • Trombone Section


Karl Baxter


Terry Baxter


Kokichi Tagawa

Bass, Piano

Mike Strassmaier


David Thompson


Doug Hamilton


Elaine Yuzuriha



Sounds Like: Major Glenn Miller and the Army Air Forces Band, In the Mood-Glenn miller, A Tribute To Doris Day, Les Brown

Manager: Laura Baxter

Bio: A Tribute to Japanese-Americans interned during WWII. Remembering the Big Band Swing music and the entertainment it provided to Internees for those Saturday dances!

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Q: Hello, Will you have any performances coming up in late June 6/25-7/3 2015 / having family visit from NY and would love them to see you, if possible. Thank you Mrs. Fenton 360-256-2633

A: Hello. How nice of you to contact us. We will be playing on June 21 for Portland's Sunday Parkways, but at this time we don't have anything scheduled between the dates in your question. :( If you could give me your email address I can let you know when the time gets closer. Email me at laura@minidokaswingband.com. So just curious, have you been to one of our concerts? It looks like your phone # is in Vancouver, WA. Thanks! . . . Laura, Manager of the Minidoka Swing Band.

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