Robert Wall was born in Luray, VA and educated in Virginia schools. He received his B.A. degree in History from Virginia Tech and his M.A. degree from Radford University in Theory/Composition. His principal teachers were John Diericks (Hollins college), Arthur Jannery (Radford) and Edward Troupin (Univ. of Florida). He served as Director of Bands at Halifax County Senior High School for 12 years and Director of Bands at Christiansburg Middle and High School for 20 years, and as Supervisor of Fine Arts for Montgomery County Schools (VA) for 5 years until his retirement from public education in June of 2004. During his tenure as band director his bands received many Superior ratings at district and regional festivals.
As a composer, he has written in all musical form (except Opera) and has had numerous performances of his works in such venues as the Mid-West International Bandmasters Convention in Chicago, various Virginia Music Educators Conferences, the 1970 Lakeside Ohio Summer Music Season, Canada, Finland and Europe. His music is published by Brodt Music, William Allen Music, TRN Music Publishers, Waterton Brass Music and Kastuck Percussion Studio. He has written on a commission basis for bands in Virginia and North Carolina as well as the 150th anniversary of the Franklin, PA Silver Cornet Band. He is currently involved in an ongoing commission with the VA Band and Orchestra Directors Association since 2004 composing all wind etudes for the All-VA Band auditions.
Present professional memberships include VA Music Educators Association, VBODA, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Mu honorary band directors fraternity and ASCAP. His biography has been included in Who's Who in American Education, and Who's Who Among American Teachers. At present Mr. Wall is enjoying retirement and lives with his recently-retired wife, Sarah, in Blacksburg, VA.