A native of Washington state, Robert Panerio Sr. (b. 1929) is a retired professor of music from Central Washington University, where he received the Distinguished Professor Award for Creativity in 1982. Previously, Panerio was supervisor of instrumental music at Moses Lake, Washington, and Dean of Arts and Humanities at Big Bend College, where he worked until 1963. During his time at Central Washington University, Panerio was also a visiting professor at Eastern Oregon State College.
Panerio received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Central Washington University and later pursued doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music. For many years, Panerio was a professional trumpeter playing symphonic, show, and jazz music.As a composer, Panerio has written many works for band and orchestra, including Jubiloso for concert band, which won the 1975 ABA Ostwald Award.