Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Under the direction of Dr. Gary Shaw, the Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble offers an unparalleled experience in musicianship. 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 Eggelston, Robert Grechesky, Charles Menghini, Mark Camphouse, Colonel Thomas Rotundi (retired) United States Army Band and conductor/composers Robert W. Smith, and Brian Balmages. 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 participated in several new composition consortium with other universities. Composers involved in these new pieces for wind ensemble include David Maslanka, David Gillingham, John Mackey, Scott Ninmer, John Stevens, Michael Schelle, Joseph Schwantner and Libby Larsen.


Upcoming Performance

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Kirkland Fine Arts Center

Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Gary R. Shaw, conductor

featuring the music of Staff Sergeant Scott Ninmer



Arranger Staff Sergeant Scott Ninmer joined "The President's Own" United States Marine Band in September 2014. Staff Sgt. Ninmer began his musical instruction on piano at age 4, trombone at age 8, and in composing and arranging at age 12. While in high school, Scott performed in the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra and studied trombone with Gary Shaw at Millikin University. After graduating in 2007 from Taylorville High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in jazz trombone performance in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana (UI). In 2013, he earned a master's degree in jazz composition from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He studied trombone with Jim Pugh of UI and composition with Jim McNeely of the Manhattan School and Jonathan Tunick, the Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning Broadway orchestrator. Prior to joining "The President's Own," Staff Sgt. Ninmer was a freelance composer, arranger, and copyist in New York. Staff Sgt. Ninmer is responsible for the production of music that encompasses many styles and instrumental combinations, many of which are performed at the White House, in the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country during the band's annual concert tour.

Scott is the son of Ron and Jean Ninmer. Ron is Technical Services Manager/Team Leader at Millikin University and Jean is Director of choirs and bands at Taylorville Jr. High School.  Scott’s sister, Breanna, is an elementary education major at Millikin University and clarinetist in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

This program of American music includes Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein’s “Profanation” from Symphony No. 1 and five compositions for band by Scott Ninmer; Idyll, Night Fall, The Long Road Home, The Wind in the Willows and his most recent work, Harlem Drive, written in 2016 for the Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

The program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the concert in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center lobby.




Listen to our work

Click to listen to Festive Overture by Dimitri Shostakovich and Apollo Unleashed by Frank Ticheli from a recent performance in Kirkland Fine Arts Center along with Gumsucker's March by Percy Grainger.