James Goodwin, composer and
Mr. James Goodwin recently retired from Des Moines Public Schools after
38 years of teaching band in Michigan, Germany, and Iowa. He received his
Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Eastern Michigan University and a
Masters Degree in Music Education from Drake University.
Mr. Goodwin has composed numerous instrumental compositions for bands
and various small ensembles. He has studied composition with Anthony
Iannacone and Jeffrey Prater.
Mr. Goodwin served in Army bands in Maryland, Germany, Michigan, and
Iowa. He was the Bandmaster of the 34th Army Band, Iowa National Guard,
until 2010 when he retired with 29 years of service. He is a recipient of
the Army Meritorious Service Award and the Legion of Merit Award.
Presently Mr. Goodwin conducts the Iowa Military Veterans Band, an
ensemble made up of 80 veteran musicians. He has been married to his wife,
Janice, for 43 years. Their three children are all accomplished musicians
Tina Haase Findlay, vocalist
Tina Haase Findlay is one of the finest jazz artists in Iowa. In
recognition of her talents she was inducted into the Iowa Jazz Hall of
Fame in October, 2016.
Bruce Martin, piano
Joining the orchestra for the selections with Tina Haase Findlay will
be Bruce Martin, one of the finest jazz pianists in Iowa. Like Tina, he
was inducted into the Iowa Jazz Hall of Fame in October, 2016.
Bruce has played keyboard in various venues as soloist, as accompanist,
and in ensembles ranging in size from jazz trios to big bands, and with
the Des Moines Symphony and the Des Moines Community Orchestra. He has
played and directed for all of the major theatre groups in Central
Bruce currently serves as pianist for the First Unitarian Church in Des
Moines. Retired after teaching almost forty years in the Drake University
English Department, he is especially pleased to be performing today with
Tina and the Orchestra.
Joy Lucas, French horn
Joy Lucas grew up in the Des Moines area and attended Taylor University
where she received her B.A. in Music Performance in 2011. While at Taylor,
she played with the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Pep Band.
Outside of the university, she performed with the Marion Philharmonic
Orchestra and Muncie Symphony Orchestra. Joy currently performs with the
Des Moines Community Orchestra, the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, the Des
Moines Metro Concert Band, and is a member of the Metro Brass Quintet.
Joy is the Teller Supervisor at Bank Iowa and enjoys spending her free
time playing music and spending time with her family and friends.
Aaron Bartz, piano
When Aaron was seven years old, a piano teacher told him he couldn't
tackle Moonlight Sonata because his hand wouldn't reach an octave - and
ever since he has enjoyed taking on every bit of challenging music he can
A talent for piano and involvement in high school band, choir, and musical
theater led him to the intensive Eastman School of Music summer camp in
New York in 2008 and to enroll in St. Olaf College in Northfield,
Minnesota as a music performance major in 2009. He later changed his major
to chemistry but continued to study piano with professor Kent McWilliams.
In 2012, Aaron performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor
with the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra under the direction of Paul
Niemisto. He and his wife, Brittany Waletzko Bartz, celebrated their
marriage with a duet of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in 2015.
Since moving to Des Moines, Aaron has played with several local
churches, the Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, and the Des Moines Community
Orchestra as a pianist and percussionist. Aaron lives with his wife and
multiple keyboards in West Des Moines.