Stephen Kent Goodman began composing marches at age 14, and within two years was hailed by the press as "the teenaged John Philip Sousa". He joined his junior high school band in Northridge, California, where he grew up. At age 16, after moving to New York, made his professional conducting debut. He was touted as the "World's Youngest Composer/Conductor of Marches" when he conducted the famous Goldman Band, playing his march "The Challenger" in New York's Central Park at the age of 16.
By the time he turned 18 years of age, he had written nearly two dozen marches for concert or symphonic band. Since those days, he discovered the concert band legacy of ragtime, America's first national music, as well as associated musical forms that all have one thing in common- the unique ability to lift the spirits and make feet want to dance.
He became involved with automatic musical instruments early on in his life, which played authentic renditions of great American rags, blues, marches and allied forms. Realizing that there was little done to preserve these priceless musical genres, he brought the range and diversity of that music which was preserved both on punched paper (paper rolls for self-playing musical instruments) along side with what could be found in printed paper. This was the impetus to start Sound Traditions Publishing, a unique on-line publishing company, dedicated to bringing the best of truly American musical styles of the past into the future, at a time when the optimism and ebulience of that music is needed the most.
Articles Published by:
The Instrumentalist Magazine
West Coast Rag
The Rag Times
The Pianola Quarterly
The Journal of the Automatic Musical Instrument Collector's Association (AMICA)
Music Publishers in addition to Sound Traditions Publishing:
Heritage Music Press
Manhattan Beach Music
Bourne Music Company
Concert Works Unlimited
(Works for Symphony Orchestra)
Concert Works Unlimited (Shawnee Press)
San Diego Symphony Orchestra, 1981.
San Diego Pops Orchestra, 1984.
City of Newport, Oregon, 1986.
Blue Street Jazz Band, 1990.
Brazil Concert Band, 1993.
United States Merchant Marine Academy Band, 1996 (first rag ever commissioned by United States Government Agency).
Chatham Community Band
Elected to A.S.C.A.P. (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) membership in 1973 for the film score "Maxi".
State Of North Dakota Centennial Commission Certificate of Recognition for "North Dakota Centennial March", 1989.
Received ASCAP Popular Music Award for ragtime compositions, 1992-2013
Listed in Who's Who in the West (1993-94)
Listed in Who's Who in Music
Listed in Who's Who in America
Listed in Entertainment
Listed in - Outstanding People of the 20th Century
Listed in - Dictionary of International Biography
Listed in - Who's Who in the 21st Century
Included in "2000 Notable American Men"
Included in the Ninth Edition - International Directory Of Distinguished Leadership
Included in "One Thousand Great Americans"
Included in "America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals" 2003-2004
Elected to ASCAP as a Publisher member, 1993.
"Is There Any Ragtime On Mars?" Aeolian Concert Band, Dr. Lester E. Lehr, conducting.
Stomp Off CD 1246 "Our Favorite Rag"; Univ. Wisc. Eau Claire Symphonic Band.,
S.K. Goodman guest conductor.
Stomp Off CD 1284 "Wake Up, America!"; Univ. Wisc. Eau Claire Symphonic Band., S.K. Goodman guest conductor.
Stomp Off CD 1297 "Ragging the Baby to Sleep"; Los Angeles Pierce College
Symphonic Winds, S.K. Goodman guest conductor.
"Nickelodeon Toe Tappers", Slot Time Productions.
Highest Quality Traditional American Music