Robert Stacke PhD, is the director of The Augsburg Concert Band, The Augsburg Jazz Ensemble, and the Gospel Praise ensemble at Augsburg College. Stacke has served as the director of bands at Augsburg since 1990 and chair of the music department since 1996. Under his direction, the Gospel Praise ensemble was a featured group at three Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) national youth gatherings. As a guest conductor, clinician, and percussion soloist, he has traveled extensively, performing and conducting in Ireland, Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico, Jamaica, China, and throughout the United States and Europe. In the summer of 2002, Stacke was invited to Ireland to conduct the Dublin Symphony. As a professional percussionist, he has performed with the Plymouth Music Series, the Maracaibo Symphony in Venezuela, the Guthrie Theater, and the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Stacke currently works as a freelance percussionist in the Twin Cities.