BUCKHANNON, West Virginia –  West Virginia Wesleyan College has appointed Dr. Robert Palmer as Director of Athletic Bands.

Palmer earned his Doctorate of Music in Brass Performance from Florida State University and returned to the Mountain State last year. He also holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Western Illinois University where he served as a graduate assistant in the band program.

Prior to leaving to pursue his doctorate degree, Palmer spent 2 ½ years as Director of Athletic Bands at Alderson Broaddus University.


Now, Palmer will be overseeing West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Marching Band program, revived in 2014, while expanding the College’s Pep Band reach.

“I love the atmosphere on campus,” Palmer said of West Virginia Wesleyan College. “I am also familiar with the programs and the directors around West Virginia. I’m very excited to be back in this element and start reconnecting with those friends and colleagues I met while at AB.”

Palmer is an accomplished horn player, vocalist, pianist, trumpet player and composer and plans to continue building on the excellent tradition of the Bobcat Marching Band.

“Besides growing the program and establishing a presence in the region for the athletic band program, I am looking forward to expanding the Pep Band,” he said.

“The Pep Band will play at basketball games and expand to some volleyball games as we work to create a more exciting game day experience,” Palmer said.

With the Bobcat Marching Band already sporting new uniforms, Palmer hopes to outfit the Pep Band with new uniforms as well.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2022 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.