Saul Goodman (July 16, 1907 – January 26, 1996) was a timpanist in the New York Philharmonic orchestra from 1926 to 1972.[1]


Goodman was born in New York, the son of Polish Jewish emigrants, Abraham L. Goodman and Yetta Feigenbaum Goodman. He grew up in Brooklyn, and learned under the instruction of Alfred Friese, whom he succeeded as principal timpanist in the New York Philharmonic. Goodman was a member of the faculties at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal and the Juilliard School of Music where he taught many who went on to become timpanists in symphony orchestras around the world.[1][2]

During his career Goodman made innovations in drum and mallet construction, including a tuning system for drums and a line of timpani mallets. He died in Palm Beach, Florida.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Thomas, Richard McG., Jr. (January 30, 1996). "Saul Goodman, 89, a Timpanist Who Made Drums Sing, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fairchild, Frederick D. "Hall of Fame: Saul Goodman". Percussive Arts Society. Retrieved June 18, 2015.