Richard Stanbrook was born in Newbury, Berkshire on 10th January 1954. Upon leaving school in 1971, he enlisted in the Army and served with the Royal Corps of Transport Staff-Band. In October 1977, Stanbrook transferred to the Royal Military Academy Band Corps, Sandhurst and was its music arranger until expiry of contract in July 1981. Stylistically, Stanbrook does not belong to any school of ‘ism’ and eschews modernity for its own sake. The language, although tonal, has an uncompromising directness which some listeners have found disturbing.