Dr. Gary R. Shaw is Professor of Music and Chair of Winds, Brass and Percussion at Millikin University where he teaches trombone and conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Dr. Shaw was conductor of the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1994- 2010 and currently is the director of the Greater Decatur Youth Band, a summer program for students in central Illinois.
Dr. Shaw performs on trombone with the Millikin Faculty Brass Quintet, is principal trombone of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and trombone soloist with the Decatur Municipal Band. Dr. Shaw performs in the Professor's Choir at the Southeast Trombone Sympoisum held annually at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. He is co-director of the Professor's Trombone Choir at the Midwest Trombone Conference held each fall at Eastern Illinois University. Shaw has taught in Urbania, Italy, for Millikin’s 4-week summer immersion class in music, language and culture, and at the University of Illinois Summer Trombone Camp and the Illinois Honors Trombone Choir.
Dr. Shaw earned the Doctor of Musical Arts (performance) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Master of Music (performance) degree from Boston University and the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. His trombone teachers include John Swallow (former member of the New York Brass Quintet and NYC Ballet Orchestra) Ronald Barron (former principal trombonist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and Dr. William Richardson (former member of the Marine Band and Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison). He has had additional studies with Frank Crisafulli (former second trombonist in the Chicago Symphony and Carl Wilhelm (former principal trombonist the Pittsburgh Symphony).
Dr. Shaw is a Conn-Selmer Artist representative and plays on a custom Gary Greenhoe Conn 88H trombone and Hammond trombone mouthpieces.
The photo below is Gary Shaw in Urbania, Italy warming up outside his rented summer apartment while teaching for Millikin's Bella Musica, summer 2007.
Gary Shaw performing with Millikin Alumni Trombonists, Adam Kosberg, Bradley Palmer, (Shaw) and John Huntoon