David Goins (b. 1972) is a performer, conductor, arranger, composer, and educator living in Frankfort, Kentucky. He holds degrees in Music Education and Sacred Music from the University of Kentucky, attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and did postgraduate work at the University of Louisville.
His trumpet playing has taken him all over the continental United States, Taiwan, Canada, and England. A large portion of his professional playing has been as the soloist with Saxton's Cornet Band, with whom he has performed since 1992 and has recorded four albums and appeared in motion pictures and on the soundtracks of several television shows and movies. The band's most recent recording, "Sounds from the Opera House" features David as soloist on the Bellini classic "Costa Diva" from Norma and "Una Voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of Seville - the latter recorded live at the Great American Brass Band Festival in 2007. He has performed with the Louisville Orchestra and has played in backing ensembles behind the Temptations, Three Dog Night, and others. His teachers include Tom Brawner, Dwayne Hollenbach, Vince DiMartino, Alan Siebert, Terry Everson, and Michael Tunnell.
He is the conductor and music director of the Lexington Brass Band, a professional caliber British-style brass band based in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been affiliated with the band off and on since 1994 serving as the band's principal cornet and soloist and conducting the band periodically. He accepted the role of music director in 2018. He studied instrumental conducting with Thomas Brawner, III, and Phil Miller and choral conducting with Jeff Johnson and Julian Bryson.
He has been an arranger for many years of choral, brass, and wind pieces and is advancing these skills to composing original choral and instrumental works for all levels of ensembles. His self-published works are now available for sale and he is available for
commissions of all types.
In 2017, David founded the Wesley Academy of Music, a non-profit organization that provides free music lessons to underserved children in the Frankfort, Kentucky community. This organization remains his passion and is made possible through the generous support from the members of the community of Frankfort.
Most recently, David served eleven years as the Director of Music and Worship at First United Methodist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky. Prior to that, he taught middle and high school band in public school systems in central Kentucky and served as adjunct professor
of trumpet at Asbury University.
He is happily married to Meredith (Cook) Goins, a choral director and trumpet player, and they have three beautiful children,
a goofy dog, and grumpy cat.