Clovis, California
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After forming his own concert band at age 14, Stephen Kent Goodman made his professional debut at age 16 leading the Guggenheim Memorial Concert's Goldman Band performing his own march, "The Challenger," in New York City's Central Park. He was publicized as "The World's Youngest  Composer/ Conductor of Band Music." In the late 1960s while studying on scholarship at USC, Goodman kept cutting class to learn automatic musical instrument rebuilding from the professionals. He now owns a player piano and orchestrion restoration service in Clovis, CA. During the 1970s he composed for Hollywood films, radio, and television, arranged and consulted for recording studios, and helped keep things tapping at the Maple Leaf Club. In 1973 he was elected to the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and by 1995 had received his 4th ASCAP Popular Music Composition Award for ragtime. Creator of "Gold Rush Rag" and a host of other exhilarating ragtime compositions, Goodman is also a prolific composer and arranger of marches, waltzes, blues, and other types of music for concert bands and mechanical instruments. His works are published and recorded all over the world.