Symphonic Wind Ensemble
In March 1998, 2001 and 2005, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble traveled to the Dominican Republic for a musical outreach program performing concerts along the way. Members of the Millikin Wind Ensemble performed in Santo Domingo and La Romana and spent time demonstrating instruments to young students in public and private schools. The Millikin band program also sponsored a drive for used instruments in the Decatur community and was able to donate many instruments to students in the DR. In March 1999, Dr. Gary Shaw, conductor of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was invited by the United States Information Agency and the City of La Romana to work with the Municipal Band of La Romana and give presentations to children in local schools.
The Symphonic Wind Ensemble has released three compact disc recordings: Postcard from the Prairie (2002), Tempered Steel (2003), and most recently, A Tribute to John Philip Sousa (2005). These recordings are produced by Millikin University's student run record label, First Step Records.
While on tour in spring of 2013, the MU Wind Ensemble visited Grant Park and met Kelly Lorenz' (principal clarinetist) newest family member.
|2012-2013 Wind Ensemble Members
* Indicates princpal
*Ethan Hayward, Alto
Brock Feece, Alto
Brock Bennett, Tenor
Andy Baldwin, Bari
Click play to hear the Wind Ensemble in 2011 performing "Celebrations" by John Zdechlik.
2011-2012 Wind Ensemble picture
Gary R. Shaw, Professor of Music and Director of Bands, teaches trombone and conducts the Wind Ensemble at Millikin. He currently performs on trombone with the Millikin Faculty Brass Quintet, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Decatur Municipal Band. Dr. Shaw is resident conductor of both the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Decatur Youth Band. He holds the DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The MM from Boston University and the BME from the New England Conservatory of Music.
In summer of 2009, Dr. Shaw taught in Urbania, Italy for Millikin University's Bella Musica Trombone.
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