The Dick Goodwin Big Band often plays for major social functions in the Southeast, but in concert this brassy ensemble programs a wild potpourri of styles -- numbers from the swing era and earlier, current tunes from sometimes surprising sources, and new music written especially for the ensemble.
"We've been giving concerts annually for the wonderful and discerning audiences at the Kershaw County FAC for quite a few years now and I think they appreciate that we are constantly introducing new material to our playlists," said Goodwin, "although we do occasionally answer requests to repeat a favorite from one of our past programs."
Goodwin 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, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and many more.
The Dick Goodwin Big Band boasts some of the most respected performers in the area -- University of South Carolina music professors, South Carolina Philharmonic members, and top area music educators. Vocalists John Wilkinson and Kristi Hood are consummate musicians who add flair and a wide variety of songs to the program.
"We are a big band -- actually 10 instrumentalists plus two vocalists -- but that doesn't mean that the music we play is limited to the big band (Sinatra) era," Goodwin explained. "There is a wealth of great music from what is known as ‘The Great American Songbook’ and we certainly draw heavily from that source, but we also look back at early jazz numbers as well as pieces by more recent writers."
Goodwin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at USC and 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 every idiom, from jingle to opera, jazz band to orchestra, have been performed across the US and abroad. He is a Yamaha artist and studio composer, arranger and producer.
The Dick Goodwin Big Band’s most recent album is available on the web from CD Baby and on iTunes. Their annual concert in Camden will be held in the Fine Art Center’s Wood Auditorium on Saturday, September 10, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and military. Tickets are available online at www.fineartscenter.org.