Started an Indoor Percussion Program!

Happy New Year!  I would like to let you know that I have started a brand new indoor percussion program at John F. Kennedy High School.  JFK has had a strong concert and marching percussion ensemble during marching band season, but not a winter percussion program.  So, I composed a custom show for these awesome students.  I will post the final product soon.  Please come out to a show and support my amazing students!

New Marching Band Show!

Paul Rendon and I composed and arranged this show for John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, CA, using the selections from the hymn, It Is Well, by Philip Bliss, Vesuvius by Frank Tichelli, and Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova.

This show pays homage to fire victims from the devastating California wildfires. It begins a beautiful day in sunny Cali, the fire starts, destruction everywhere, properties obliterated, and concludes with triumph as communities band together to rebuild their lives.

This show is called It Is Well.  Please click the link to listen!

New Music!

New music has been added to my website!  Please listen and check out my new music!

Marching Band Show

KarmeN:  This new marching band show, entitled KarmeN, included musical selections of Georges Bizet’s Carmen, Adele’s Million Years Ago, and Ernesto Lecuona’s Malaguena.


Indoor Percussion Show

Tinged With Nuance:  What began as an arrangement of one of my favorite rap/hip hop songs, resulted in an explosion of sounds, rhythms, key changes, grooves, and rudimental “licks,” being tossed around the ensemble.  You can hear the tonalities shift gradually and quickly at different times.  Lots of virtuosic mallet runs and drum solos are prevalent throughout.  This composition was written to be used in indoor percussion competition.  Tinged With Nuance was the 2018 indoor show for John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, CA.

The 17 different percussion parts included are: Glockenspiel, Crotales, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Electric Bass, Timpani, Percussion/Accessories, Cymbals, Drumset, Snareline, Tenorline, Bassline, and Tom Line.  If you need anything adjusted/arranged to fit your exact ensemble, please let me know how I might accommodate.  Extra charges for this might apply.


Percussion Ensemble

Pursual For Asylum:  Pursual For Asylum is a 10 piece percussion ensemble composition that includes the instrumentation of: Glockenspiel, Chimes, Vibraphone (2), Marimba (2), Timpani, Snare Drum, Concert Bass Drum, and Percussion. The mood of this piece makes you wonder if and when you might find safety and solace, amidst a dark and dangerous night. Will you prevail and beat evil? This composition was written about the exploration of good and evil, to see who might win. Listen to find out!


Glockenspiel Solo

In The Twilight:  In The Twilight is a glockenspiel solo, utilizing two glockenspiels, where the right glock is placed in front of and to the right of the left glock.  This positioning makes it easier to play this piece with its dissonant harmonies, melodic juxtaposition, and muffling technique.  This solo is a great piece for a solo competition, will stand out from other compositions, and will be a fun challenge, both rhythmically and melodically.


Thank you for your interest and support!


New Addition to the Goddard Family!

I would like to welcome our little baby into the world!  Her name is Lyric Amerial Goddard.  We have enjoyed the last 9 months with her, watching her grow, seeing her fine motor skills develop, and observe her taking an interest in everything.  She loves playing on Daddy’s many instruments with the thunder drum being her favorite (she’s actually scared of it)!  I am so thankful that God blessed my wife and I with her little blessing.  Praise God!


2nd Part of Spring 2017

Happy Easter!  I trust you and your family are enjoying a wonderful Easter season!  There are two things coming up in my event calendar to check out:

JSerra Catholic High School’s production of

Beauty and the Beast

April 27-29, 2017 @ San Juan Hills High School

More information can be found by clicking the following link:

JSerra Theatre 2016-2017 Season


Orange Coast College’s production of

Return to the Forbidden Planet

May 5-7 & 12-14, 2017 @ Orange Coast College

More information can be found by clicking the following link:

Orange Coast College Theatre 2016-2017 Season

1st Part of Spring 2017

Happy New Year!  I trust you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebrations this season!  There are two things (out of the ordinary) coming up in my event calendar to check out:

Whittier Christian High School’s production of

Thoroughly Modern Millie

February 23-25, 2017 @ Brea Curtis Theatre

More information can be found by clicking the following link:

WCHS Theatre 2016-2017 Season


I am honored to be the Percussion Manager for the AUHSD District Honor Band this year!  I will be teaching, assisting, and working with the AUHSD Honor Band percussionists throughout all of their rehearsals in preparation for their concert.

Support the AUHSD District Honor Band in their concert:

Friday, February 10th, 2017 @ 7pm

John F. Kennedy High School in La Palma, CA

Enjoy your Spring!

-Tommy Goddard

Music Theatre Productions

There are two amazing music theatre productions coming up in which I have the honor of being the drummer/percussionist in the pit orchestra.  You will definitely enjoy these shows.  These shows are:

JSerra Catholic High School Theatre Company presents

Little Shop of Horrors

@ Mariner’s Church Ocean Hills

32222 Del Obispo St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

April 7-9, 2016

Orange Coast College Theatre Company presents

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

@ Drama Lab Black Box Theatre

2701 Fairview Rd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

May 6-8, 2016 & May 13-15, 2016

I hope to see you in the audience!  Break a leg!

– Tommy Goddard

Disneyland Band Concert Series TOUR 2016

Happy New Year!  I wanted to update you on my Disneyland Band gig.  We are doing a concert band series version of the Disneyland Band, performing for 2nd graders.  We are promoting music education by telling short histories of important wind band conductors/composers and then performing examples of each.  We are also introducing the three instrument families to the students: percussion, brass, and woodwinds.  This topic is much more fun when Mickey Mouse and his Pals are dancing to our grooves!

Today, there must have been 4,000 2nd graders screaming with excitement from our performances!  Below, you will see some pictures of the venue from this morning (Cerritos Performing Arts Center).  What a beautiful PAC!  I hope to see your 2nd grader on our tour soon!

 -Tommy Goddard

Percussion Video Series

This Fall 2015, I will be teaching the Percussion History and Literature course at California Baptist University.  I decided to make it an online class, since this is how most universities conduct this topic.  If you are not one of my CBU students enrolled in this course, you are still able to learn from my research.  I will make my video lectures and audio/visual materials available to you at a reasonable cost.  Please let me know and I can get you access.  In the meantime, here is the introduction to my video series.  I hope you enjoy!


-Tommy Goddard