Dick Goodwin's Big Band

Nationally acclaimed musician, Dick Goodwin will bring his Big Band back to the Wood Auditorium for one performance only!

A local favorite, this talented group of musicians brings you the classic sounds of 1940's big band music. If you have not had the pleasure of hearing this remarkable band, now is your chance!

• About the Dick Goodwin Big Band
Dick Goodwin Big Band concerts feature a wild potpourri of styles -- new arrangements of pieces from the big band era, but also selections from both earlier and more current sources. Most recently they performed to a sold out concert at Chayz Lounge in Columbia and with the Columbia Choral Society in Charleston during the Spoleto Festival. The Spoleto program featured a multi-movement work by Dr. Goodwin and Camden resident -- poet, librettist, author, and playwright -- Paddy Bell. This past spring Dick and Paddy collaborated on a commissioned piece for the orchestra and chorus at Southeast Missouri University. Dick has been managing and arranging music for a series of chamber music programs at Columbia area hospitals for the SC Philharmonic, and his next program at the VA will be the 36th performance in the series. Goodwin is also coordinating the November 2nd Main Street Jazz Festival and he will be one of the featured artists on the main stage at the Columbia Museum.

Dr. Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina and is a recipient of the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award, the highest honor given by the State of South Carolina to an individual artist. His compositions in virtually every idiom, from jingle to opera, jazz band to orchestra, have been performed across the US and abroad.

Dick and members of the band have performed with such notables as Ray Charles, Bob Hope, Marian McPartland, Clark Terry, Billy Taylor, Johnny Mathis, the Spinners, the Platters, the Temptations, the Guy Lombardo, Les and Larry Elgart, and Tommy Dorsey orchestras, Henry Mancini, Gregory Hines, Natalie Cole, Joan Rivers, Peter Yarrow, Ben E. King, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Barbara Eden, and Aretha Franklin.

About Dick Goodwin
Gordon (Dick) Goodwin has composed hundreds of works ranging from jingle to opera, jazz band to symphony orchestra. It would be difficult to determine which of Dr. Goodwin's contributions to the arts community should be emphasized. He is a composer, arranger, performer (in many genres), studio producer, conductor and leader of both classical and jazz groups, and he is a distinguished teacher.

Goodwin has written hundreds of arrangements for the Carolina Marching Band and other groups across the country and has composed and arranged several school songs including Heathwood Hall, Hand Middle School and A.C. Moore (Columbia). Many of the pieces that we associate with the University of South Carolina (the Alma Mater, the Fight Song, "Go Carolina", "2001", etc.) were composed and/or arranged by Goodwin.

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  • $18.00 - Adults
  • $15.00 - Student


November 12, 2017


  • 3:00 p.m.


Wood Auditorium