Minidoka Swing Band
The Minidoka Swing Band, directed by local jazz artist Larry Nobori, performs at festivals, concerts in the park, dances, conferences and fund raisers around the Northwest. The band performs some of their favorite Big Band swing tunes of the 40’s along with other great tunes from the 30’s through the 60’s. Some of the favorites include “American Patrol”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “My Funny Valentine”, “Blue Moon”, “All of Me”, “You Came A Long Way from St. Louis”, “Theme from New York New York” and many more. The Minidoka Swing Band is comprised of 17 local musicians and features 4 outstanding vocalists. This not-for-profit band is named after the Minidoka Internment Camp near Twin Falls, ID where Japanese Americans from the Portland and Seattle area were interned during WWII. The band remembers the music that was popular inside the camps and during WWII. Three of the MSB band musicians were former camp internees and several of the musicians had family members interned.
WE ARE VOLUNTEERS–NO CHARGE, BUT DONATIONS GREATLY APPRECIATED!
AVAILABLE EVES AND WEEKENDS ONLY, in the PORTLAND/VANCOUVER AREA
Music Samples: http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3550660
Some background on Minidoka Swing Band:
IN 1942, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SIGNED EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 9066, AND MORE THAN 127,000 AMERICANS OF JAPANESE HERITAGE WHO LIVED ON THE WEST COAST OF THE UNITED STATES WERE GIVEN ONE WEEK’S NOTICE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES, BUSINESSES AND POSSESSIONS. JAPANESE AMERICANS SPENT ALMOST FOUR YEARS BEHIND BARBED WIRE; ARMED GUARDS IN TOWERS ENSURED THAT PRISONERS DID NOT ESCAPE. THE MINIDOKA SWING BAND SHARES THIS STORY THROUGH THE BIG BAND SWING MUSIC THAT WAS POPULAR DURING THE 1940’S. THIS MUSIC WAS PLAYED INSIDE THE CONCENTRATION CAMPS BY NON-PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS WHO LIVED INSIDE THE CAMPS, MOSTLY YOUNG TEENS. AS QUOTED BY 91-YEAR-OLD GEORGE TSUGAWA, A FORMER INTERNEE AT THE MINIDOKA CONCENTRATION CAMP, “EVERY WEEKEND WE LOOKED FORWARD TO THE MUSIC AND DANCING. WE LOVED TO SWING DANCE AND LOVED THE MUSIC AND LOVED THE SOCIALIZATION IT AFFORDED US. IT GAVE US SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND TOOK OUR MINDS OFF OUR LIVING SITUATION. YOUR BAND BRINGS BACK SUCH WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF A BAD PLACE.”
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Tags: 17 musicians, 30's through the 60's, Big Band Sound, Donations accepted, EVES AND WEEKENDS ONLY, History, Holidays, Japanese Americans, Minidoka, Music, No charge, Portland/Vancouver area, singers, Swing music, travel to your facility or event, Vocalists, Volunteers, WWII