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, Michael Schelle, Scott Ninmer 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 Performances

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Homecoming 2018 Concert

Millikin Alumni Band and the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble with faculty tubist, Tim Schachtschneider

and Stacey Larson Dolan '92 Vandercook College of Music, guest conductor

Millikin alumni return to campus to perform on the Kirkland stage along with the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Join fellow alumni during Homecoming weekend 2018 for the annual performance of the Millikin Alumni Band.

To participate, register at:

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Colors for Trombone and Wind Ensemble by Bert Apermont and Fly or Die by Giles Rocha

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble with trombonist Peter Steiner

At the age of 23, Peter Steiner was appointed trombonist with the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Philharmonic. Peter Steiner is recognized across the world as “a new trombone star within his generation”. His performances with some of the world’s most prestigious ensembles and solo recitals across the globe have helped form him into the outstanding artist that he is today.

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.