Nationally known performer, composer, and educator, Tommy Goddard has been working in the music industry since 2002. As winner of many drumset, marimba, and marching percussion awards, Goddard has worked in schools, football stadiums, and music venues all across North America. He made his Kennedy Center debut as a snare drummer in the Crossmen Drum Corps in Washington, D.C. in 2008. In 2011, he performed at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, IN as champion of the Drumline Live! national solo competition. Goddard has worked with recording artists Neil Patrick Harris, Shania Twain, Lincoln Brewster, Arturo Sandoval, John Clayton, Steve Houghton, Rick Baptist, Sal Lozano, Jonelle Allen, Meloney Collins, Jay Leach, Jennifer Barnes, Robbie Seay, Evans Blue, Kutless, Air Force Band of the Golden West, and many others.
He is currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands and Drumline at Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA), freelance drummer/percussionist in Virginia, and judges marching percussion competitions in Virginia and North Carolina. He is the owner of Goddard Music Studios, offering private and group lessons in percussion (drumset, mallets, timpani, marching percussion, orchestral percussion, latin percussion), composition/arranging, music business/commercial music, and general music.
According to a former student, “[Prof. Goddard] is multi-talented, constantly gigs, works as a drummer, band director, and as a composer. I definitely want a teacher who is actively working as a musician so he can’t be complacent about his own practice and improvement.” Goddard’s student accomplishments include: Anaheim UHSD Honor Band, Bluecoats Drum Corps, Blue Devils Drum Corps, Carolina Crown Drum Corps, Crossmen Drum Corps, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Impulse Percussion, Irvine Symphony Honor Band, Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Liberty University Indoor Drumline, Oklahoma All-Region Honor Band, Oklahoma All-State Honor Band, Oklahoma State University, Pacific Crest Drum Corps, Pulse Percussion, Resistance Indoor Percussion, Rose Bowl Honor Band, Southern California All-Region Honor Band, The Academy Drum Corps, University of North Texas, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma.
Tommy loves making music for audiences of all ages, which was evident in his former position as a full-time percussionist for The Walt Disney Company for eight years. As a composer, Goddard co-wrote an atmosphere show for Shanghai Disney Resort, worked on many Disneyland Resort commissioned projects, has numerous marching and concert percussion compositions, and has released songs for films.
Tommy Goddard earned the Doctor of Music Education degree from Liberty University (2022), Master of Music in Music Performance degree from the University of Central Oklahoma (2011), and the Bachelor of Science in Music Business and Music Performance degree from Southern Nazarene University (2010). Because of his desire to gain more knowledge in the recording arts, Goddard received his Avid Pro Tools Certification from The Recording Arts Center at Studio West, 2015.
Please check out Goddard’s doctoral thesis and resume for a more complete listing of his experience: