Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke

LCDR Steven Stanke

Born in Chinchilla, Queensland, Lieutenant Commander Steven Stanke joined the Royal Australian Air Force Operational Command Band in 1982 playing trombone and bass. During his six year posting he performed throughout Australia and South East Asia and in 1987 travelled to the UK with a combined ADF Band for the Royal Tournament in London. In 1988 he began fulltime studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, graduating with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in composition, music theory and analysis, and conducting. He taught at the Conservatorium and at many schools in the Brisbane area and in 1996 became Head of Music at East Catholic High School, Manchester, Connecticut. He returned to Australia in 1998 and joined the Royal Australian Navy Band on trombone and bass.

In 2000, he was offered a commission as a Band Officer and upon graduation in 2001 became Assistant Director of Music - Navy. In 2003 he took up the position of Music Director of Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne and, in 2006, spent four months in the UK with the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines in Portsmouth, Plymouth and Scotland. He also taught at their school of music through the University of Portsmouth. In 2008 he posted to the Defence Force School of Music in Melbourne as Senior Instructor. During these years in Melbourne, he completed a Masters degree and a PhD in conducting through the University of Melbourne and also conducted local choirs and orchestras.

In 2010 he posted to Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney as Music Director and in 2015 became Director of Music - Navy.

Steven is also very active as a conductor and music director with community ensembles and is Artistic Director for Symphony Central Coast and Sydney Independent Opera. His orchestral transcriptions for wind band are published through Baton Music, The Netherlands.