Dick Goodwin

aka Gordon (Dick) Goodwin

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Upcoming Public Events

November 4 the USC School of Music Faculty Woodwind Quintet will perform Goodwin’s “Boop Music” in concert in McCormick, SC.

November 17 Dick is a member of the SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble that will perform with guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at the Newberry Opera House.

December 8 & 9 the DG Quintet is in concert with the forces at Spring Valley Baptist Church -- a varied holiday program.

January 18 the Dick Goodwin Big Band will be in concert at the Harbison Theater in Irmo, SC.

January 25 SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble performs with guest saxophonist and Columbia native Chris Potter.

February 10 the USC Faculty Woodwind Quintet performs “Boop Music” on USC’s Freeman Concert Series.

March 1 Dick’s sextet will be with the Lexington County Choral Society at Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church.  Dick will contribute several arrangements for the program.

April 26 the SC Jazz Masterworks is at the Harbison Theater.

April 27 Dick plays traditional jazz with the Steve Griggs ensemble at the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase near Waxhaw, NC … it also involves playing “To the Post” before each race.

April 28 the Big Band will be featured on part of Doug & Bunny Williams’ “rural jazz festival”  -- for more details:

May 4 the Dick Goodwin Big Band will play again for Social Inc.’s annual event with 1500 well dressed young people promenading and dancing into the evening at the James Brown Arena/Bell Auditorium, Augusta, GA.

May 13 the DG Big Band will again play for the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Convention Center.

May 27 thru 30 Goodwin will teach at the Songwriters School at the Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival


Write us for more details on any of these programs … 51fortepiano@gmail.com

Healing Harmonies: Dick continues to coordinate (and to play and write for) a series of concerts at Palmetto Richland and the VA hospitals … an outreach program sponsored by the South Carolina Philharmonic. It involves about 20 concerts each year.

He leads the house band for the Carolina Jazz Society, which performs nine concerts each year -- 2:30 to 5:00 usually on the first Sunday of the month, Sept. through May at the Lourie Center in Columbia. The November concert will celebrate the Society’s 60th year and the release of the “Hello … Give Me Doctor Jazz” CD that Dick produced.

Dick is still busy writing choral, chamber, jazz, and symphonic music and arranging for such groups as the SC Philharmonic, Billings (Montana) and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Eclectica, the Capital City Big Band, SC Jazz Masterworks Ensemble, and numerous church choirs, soloists, and orchestras. He also writes for and plays with the Faculty Brass Quintet (and other ensembles) at a number of USC ceremonial events each year.

For a number of years Goodwin wrote all of the USC Marching Band halftime shows and the group still performs a number of his arrangements including the fight song, the alma mater, and an original cheer “Go Carolina”.

Winifred Goodwin continues to perform as principle keyboardist with the SC Philharmonic and pianist at Virginia Wingard Memorial United Methodist Church. She is presently performing on the Aiken Symphony season. She is in demand as a collaborative pianist at USC and elsewhere. She and faculty flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley have completed an album of lullabies that includes original pieces by Dick and Jennifer’s dad, Charlie Parker.

A new CD is coming this season, “Christmas with Family and Friends” … featuring various ensemble combinations -- all arranged by Dr. Goodwin.



Dick, also known as composer Gordon (Dick) Goodwin, recently had a large work for orchestra and chorus premiered at Southeast Missouri University 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.  

Another collaboration with Paddy Bell (“Jasmine Rhythms” – a 30 minute/7 movement work for chorus, soloists, and a jazz ensemble comprised of clarinet doubling alto saxophone, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, guitar, bass, drums, with Dick on piano and trumpet) was a commission by the Columbia Choral Society.   A third performance of the work was at Piccolo Spoleto 2017.

Dick played piano and trumpet and contributed arrangements for the Kristi Hood concert at the Newberry Opera House on Oct. 28th.

On a number of occasions Goodwin has been engaged to collaborate with students to write their school song. The most recent was at Eastpoint Academy, a Chinese immersion public charter school.  Their school song had to work in both English and Mandarin with piano and string orchestra.  It premiered this last spring.

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