Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Symphonic Wind Ensemble

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Millikin's premiere large instrumental ensemble, tours annually, often performing in public schools throughout the Midwest. In 1985, 1992, 2000 and again in January 2012 the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference. In 1994 and 2009 the ensemble performed in Indianapolis at the Music Educators Association North Central Conference. Also, the Wind Ensemble traveled to NYC and performed under the direction of Frank Battisti, conductor Emeritus of the New England Conservatory of Music.

About 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.

2014-2015 Wind Ensemble Members

*Emily Noffke
Bethany Swartz
Nicole Tuttle
Madeline Moylan
Emily Hill
Jackie Boaden

Oboe/English Horn
*Emily Altic
Sydney Brangenberg
Latrisha Maxwell

*Amy Ashbaker
*Emily Sheffer
Breanna Ninmer
Latrisha Maxwell
Sarah Hickey
Emily Chudzik
Rebecca Fonseca
Miranda Little

Bass Clarinet
*Kelly Caitleux
Aaron Chandler

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*Christopher Raymond
Jason Allen


*Blake Martin
Brock Feece
Jasmine Acosta
Alicia Niemann, Tenor
Michael Anderson, Bari

*Micah Anderson
Brendan Keyes
Hailee Peck
Taylor Stuenkel

*Ervin Harris
*Phillip Tsigolaroff
Chris Liva
Juan Cardenas
Ryan Bodine
Austen Steven
Casey Jones
Travis Voorhees
*Neil O'Mara
John Robinson
Peter Miller
Donna Bull

Bass Trombone

*Sean Bergholz

*Ryan Wood
Jonathan Keller

*Christian Wilkey

Jared Rixstine

*Graig Stasicky
*Jonathan Rodriguez
Brandt Sitze
Wally Pochron
Jonathan Spickerman
Justin DeBo
Andre Kelly
Conner Kerrigan
Click here to watch the Wind Ensemble live on March 2, 2014 performing "The End of the World" by Michael Schelle.


Symphonic Wind Ensemble 2014-2015

About the Conductor

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 was conductor of both the Decatur Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1992-2008 and is currently director of 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. He has performed with the Canadian Brass at Millikin and is a frequent guest conductor of Honor and District Bands in Illinois.

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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL