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

Saturday, September 16, 2017

School of Music Collage Concert (tickets required)

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, University Choir,

Jazz Band I, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Vocal Jazz


Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Homecoming 2017 Concert

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Millikin Alumni Band

Millikin alumni return to campus to perform on the Kirkland stage along with the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Join fellow alumni during Homecoming weekend 2017 to celebrate Dr. Gary Shaw’s 36 years of conducting, performing, and teaching at Millikin University.


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Veterans Day Salute

Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and guest conductor, Colonel (Ret) Thomas Rotondi, Jr., Former Leader and Commander, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own”, Washington, DC.

Colonel (Ret) Thomas Rotondi, Jr. retired from the United States Army in 2011 following a distinguished 34-year military career culminating as the eighth Leader and Commander of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC.  A 1974 Millikin graduate, he was awarded the Millikin Alumni Merit Award in 2007.  


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.