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 Peter Steiner.
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.