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Sir Dean Goffin (9 July 1916 to 1984) was one of New Zealand’s first prolific Salvation Army composers who composed not only music for the Army but for non-Army bands as well.

He grew up in a musically active Salvation Army family, his father a famous bandmaster and composer of popular marches. From a very young age he was active in the musical life of New Zealand, both in and out of the Salvation Army, becoming, at the age of 19, bandmaster of the famed Wellington South Corps. During World War II he served as a military musician, forming and training the band of the 20th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Brigade that was active in the Middle East.

Goffin was the first major Salvation Army composer to complete a bachelor in music from Otago University in 1950. Shortly after he trained to become a Salvation Army Officer, serving initially in New Zealand, then in Great Britain where he held the positions of National Bandmaster (1956-1960) and National Secretary for bands and Songster Brigades (1960-1966). Transferred back to New Zealand (1966), Goffin assumed senior administrative positions culminating in his appointment as Territorial Commander (1980). Goffin was knighted in the 1983 Queens Birthday Honours List.

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  • snader

    Hurray for Dean Goffin, one of the kick-assest composers for brass band. :-)

    16 Nov 2006 Reply