Dick Goodwin

aka Gordon (Dick) Goodwin


Compositions & Arrangements

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Dick Goodwin's output is remarkably varied and extensive. He has composed and arranged for all sorts of ensembles and situations. Many of the titles can be reorchestrated to fit a particular instrumentation.


Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files of samples are available online where you see a small picture of a score. Just click.



Many "pops charts" are available, including often-requested selections like "Amazing Grace" and "2001 Fanfare" (first movement of Strauss' Thus Spake Zarathustra), plus dozens of titles featuring soloists, jazz combo, or big band with orchestra. Dick is often called upon for special material, like the two complete shows that he arranged for Cathy & Marcy (singer/songwriter Grammy nominees with many children's CD credits)

Music (text adapted from Plato—written for combined middle school orchestra, band, and chorus with piano)

Coronado for solo tuba, string orchestra, with piano and optional percussion

sea island



Sea Island Sketches



Paraph for clarinet and orchestra
(To hear a snippet of this piece, go to Composer page.)

Low-country Hauntings

Palmetto Symphony

Streets of Laredo Variations for cello and string orchestra

October Collection

Whistlestops for flute and orchestra

mark twainMark Twain Remarks (a symphony in 4 movements – orchestra & male chorus)



Many arrangements available for pops orchestras

Band/Wind Ensemble

Flight of Freedom (alto saxophone solo with band --- appropriate for middle school band with professional level soloist)



For Orchestra

Symphony 1991


Shuffle Chaconne for Trombone and Wind Ensemble
March of the Seven Bends

For Chorus

Mark Twain Remarks (see orchestral listings)

jubilant song


Sing a Jubilant Song (chorus/organ/3 trumpets/3 trombones/percussion

The Day of Pentecost (chorus/organ/soloists/woodwind quintet)

In the Bleak Mid Winter (chorus and cello)

Music (see orchesta listings)

The Rune of Hospitality for chours with flute, clarinet, and harp

With text by Lillian Quackenbush

The Blue Bonnet Girl

Two American Folk Songs




Jabbo for Flute, Oboe, and Cello
(To hear a brief snippet, go to Composer page.)


Porcupine Saves the Dance for clarinet, percussion, piano, cello and narrator – a children’s written with Ayala Asheroff and Jenny Maxwell

Loose Connection for Saxophone Quartet

Quilt Canzona for Saxophone Quartet

Boop Music for Woodwind Quintet
(To hear a brief snippet, go to Composer page.)

Camerata Quintet (woodwind quintet)

Piece Works for Clarinet and Piano

Seven Deadly Sins for Clarinet and Marimba

Toodle Pip Strut for Bass Trombone and Piano


Characters for trombone and piano (five movements)




Bump & Grind for Bass Trombone and Piano

Stories from the Stones for percussion and piano

Coronado for solo tuba and piano (see orchestral listings)

Carolina Capers for violoncello and piano

New Orleans Fancy for Piano-4 hands

Nature Scene – a number of selections for the television program for solo guitar or guitar ensemble

Entonces (three Spanish songs – contralto with piano and optional violin)

Girls and Boys for two clarinets, piano, and string quartet

swing thru timeA Swing Through Time for piano trio – a five movement history of jazz




Alborada for Euphonium and Piano – Southern Music, San Antonio – published with optional 

Arrangements for two flutes, clarinet and cello (or flute, violin, clarinet and cello – many titles available


Dogs the Musical written with Patty Bell

The Christmax Fix written with John McNicholas

Gabriel – a multi-media chamber opera with libretto by W. John Williams

Jazz Ensemble – numerous arrangements and orginals

Big Band/Combo/Lead Sheets: Many originals and arrangements like "Diz," "Crash Junior, "100 in the Shade," "Young Brother," "The Provincial Correspondent" -- including all of the originals and PD tunes from the "Studio Time" CD.

110 in the shade



110 in the Shade




German Band – numerous titles available

German Band: (Clarinet/two trumpets--workable for 2 clar. & 1 tpt. or clar., sop. sax. & tpt.--/trombone/tuba) Many titles available and most are a bit livelier and more fun for the inside guys than the "Hungry Five" book.

Marching Band: Goodwin served as staff arranger for the USC Bands for over 25 years, so there are file drawers full of "charts," including many originals and arrangements of PD tunes.

Updated: June 23, 2017

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Upcoming Public Events

July 19 (Wed.) Dick Goodwin Big Band with guest guitarist Dwight Spencer at the Main Street Public House (Columbia, SC) 7:00 – 10:00

July 23 (Sun.) DG Big Band in concert at the Lourie Center (1650 Park Cir., Columbia) at 3:00

Healing Harmonies:  Dick continues to coordinate (and write a lot of arrangements for) a series of concerts at Palmetto Richland, Palmetto Baptist, and the VA hospitals … an outreach program sponsored by the South Carolina Philharmonic

Write us for more details on any of these programs … dgmusics@bellsouth.net

Dick -- sometimes known as Gordon (Dick) Goodwin – continues to write choral and symphonic music and to do arrangements for such groups as the SC Philharmonic, Billings (Montana) and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras.

Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principle keyboardist with the SC Phil., staff pianist at USC, and pianist at Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church.  She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have completed an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.




Dick, also known as composer Gordon (Dick) Goodwin recently had a large work for orchestra and chorus premiered at Southeast Missouri Universtiy in Cape Girardeau.  The work, “Timeless Banks and Shoals” (with texts by Paddy Bell) was commissioned to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the University’s River Campus. 

May 6 the Big Band played for Social Inc.’s annual event with 1500 young people promenading and dancing in unison into the evening at the James Brown Arena/Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA

May 7 (2:30-500 as always) – Carolina Jazz Society at the Lourie Center (Traditional Jazz Concert)

May 15 DG Big Band played again this year for the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Convention Center

May 21 the Big Band was featured as part of Doug & Bunny Williams’ “rural jazz festival”  -- for more details:

June 4 the Big Band played a Piccolo Spoteto (Charleston, SC) concert to a full house with the Columbia Choral Society.   His composition “Jasmine Rhythms” (with text by Paddy Bell) was the featured work


Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principle keyboardist with the SC Phil. and as staff pianist at USC where she has done a string of recitals including performances with visiting guest artists from the Philadelphia and the Met Opera Orchestras.  She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have completed an album of lullabies (and other selections) that includes pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.


Compositions & Arrangements
Work as a Composer
GEM Recordings
Kerrville Music Festival
Article about Dick Goodwin in December 28, 2008, The State: PDF

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