Millikin's band program, under the direction of Dr. Gary Shaw, offers an unparalleled experience in musicanship. 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 Egglelston, Robert Grechesky, Charles Menghini and conductor/composer Robert W. Smith. 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 also participated in several new composition consortium with other universities. Composers involved in these new pieces for wind ensemble include David Maslanka, David Gillingham, John Stevens, Joseph Schwantner and Libby Larsen.
Click to listen to Gum Suckers March by Percy Grainger and Aurora Awakes by John Mackey, performed at Millikin in December 2012 with the composer John Mackey present.
Millikin University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
featuring Stephen Schepper, horn
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center / Free
The Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gary R. Shaw will perform at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Thursday November 20, 2014 at 7:30. The program will feature Stephen Schepper, Millikin University alumnus, horn soloist, performing The Glass Bead Game for horn and Wind Ensemble by James Beckel.
The program will include the Wiener Philharmonic Fanfare for brass and timpani by Richard Strauss, Commando March by Samuel Barber, Amazing Grace arranged by William Himes, Old Wine in New Bottles for chamber winds by Gordon Jacob and Galactic Empires by David Gillingham. The Millikin Clarinet Choir under the direction of Professor Solomon Baer, Professor of Clarinet will also perform during the concert.
Stephen Schepper holds degrees from Millikin University and the University of Illinois. After retiring in 2010 from the Decatur Public Schools, Mr. Schepper returned to his Alma Mater as Assistant Professor of Horn in the fall of 2011. He also plays principal horn in the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra.
As a performer Steve has been privileged to travel to the Dominican Republic with the Faculty Brass Quintet and to Rotterdam with the Faculty Woodwind Quintet. Career highlights also include two performances with the Canadian Brass. He is an accomplished musician on all brass instruments, drum set and timpani, and performs regularly with the Decatur Municipal Band, the Decatur Big Band, the West End Trio, and Four Voices, a group replicating the vocal style of the Four Freshmen.
During his 30 years at DPS 61, Steve served as music coordinator, taught beginning band at several grade schools, and was Director of Bands at Roosevelt Middle School and Stephen Decatur Middle School. In 1995 he was also named Assistant Director of Bands at MacArthur High School. His efforts at these levels created a standard of excellence, which was reflected in the internationally recognized Decatur MacArthur band program.