Millikin's band program, under the direction of Dr. Gary Shaw, offers an unparalleled experience in musicanship. Frequent guest conductors and soloists have visited the Millikin University campus to perform with students in the band program. Notable conductors include John P. Paynter, Stephen Egglelston, Robert Grechesky, Charles Menghini and conductor/composer Robert W. Smith. Notable guest soloists performing with the bands include Millikin faculty members, Canadian Brass trumpeter, Ronald Romm; tubist Harvey Phillips; and trombonist John Marcellus. The Millikin Wind Ensemble has also participated in several new composition consortium with other universities. Composers involved in these new pieces for wind ensemble include David Maslanka, David Gillingham, John Stevens, Joseph Schwantner and Libby Larsen.
Click to listen to Gum Suckers March by Percy Grainger and Aurora Awakes by John Mackey, performed at Millikin in December 2012 with the composer John Mackey present.