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Robert Panerio

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Robert M. Panerio


Robert Major Panerio (28 June 1929, Roslyn, Wash. – April 2019) was an American composer, educator and trumpeter.

Mr. Panerio early music training was received in the local school system and from his father, with whom he studied piano, theory, and arranging. Panerio received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Central Washington University and later pursued doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. He became supervisor of instrumental music for the Moses Lake (Washington) public schools. He left in 1962 to become dean of fine arts at Big Bend College. In 1963, he became professor of trumpet, theory, and composition at Central Washington University, where he received the Distinguished Professor Award for Creativity in 1982. He retired from that position in 1991.

Panerio was awarded the American Bandmasters/Ostwald Band Composition Award in 1975 for Jubiloso, and was the recipient of the Award of Merit from the National Federation of Music Clubs (1982-1983). He held memberships in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Music Educators National Convention, and the American Federation of Musicians.

For many years, Panerio was a professional trumpeter playing symphonic, show, and jazz music.

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