|Birth: ||Apr. 29, 1921|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1995|
Robert McMullin was born in Lewiston, Utah. His family moved to Canada when he was four, and McMullin became a Canadian in 1946. They lived in Raymond, near Lethbridge, Alberta, where McMullin started his musical career playing drums in local dance bands.
After the Second World War, during which he conducted a Royal Canadian Air Force dance band, he settled in Edmonton and worked as a trumpet and clarinet player with CBC Radio orchestras. In 1955 he moved to Winnipeg. In Edmonton and Winnipeg, he worked as musical director, arranger or instrumentalist in numerous radio and television shows. These included "The Bob McMullin Show" which he directed in the early 1950s and, several years later, the CBC TV series "Music Hop". For thirty-five years he was musical director for Winnipeg's Rainbow Stage. In 1970, he began composing music for CBC TV series and dramas such as "House of Pride", "Side Street", "King of Kensington", and for feature films including On the Edge of the Ice Pack and The Shadow of the Hawk. Among his concert works are Sketches from the Rocky Mountains performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1948, Concerto for trumpet and orchestra (1979) commissioned by the American trumpeter Doc Severinsen, and Fanfare (1988), composed for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Robert W. "Bob" McMullin
Suddenly in Regina, on Tuesday, January 3, 1995, conductor, composer, arranger and musician, of Winnipeg
After serving overseas with the RCAF in the Second World War, Bob returned to Edmonton and joined the CBC. In 1955, he joined CBC Winnipeg Radio and Television. Bob was musical director/conductor for Rainbow Stage for over 35 years and recently as a director. Bob has composed a wide range of music for the Toronto, Winnipeg and Dallas Symphony Orchestras. His conducting credits include the Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg and Minneapolis Symphonys, as well as 49 stage musicals (over 800 performances). He has scored for films, television and radio dramas and arranged and conducted recording sessions from Country to Carnegie Hall. In 1992, Bob was recognized by the Governor General when he received a commemorative Canada 125 Plaque. In the last few years, Bob worked in Weyburn, Sask. on a production of Cannington's Manners and the Golden Cavalcade.
Bob is survived by his wife Joan; daughter Pat, son-in-law Bruce Cooper; grandchildren, Megan and Morgan of Winnipeg; his sisters, Clarice O'Brien, Ione and husband Fred Turner, Deloris and husband Scott Scoville; his brother-in-law Michael Glover and his sister-in-law Paddy and brother-in-law Douglas Burns; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 7, at 2:15 p.m. in Thomson Funeral Chapels, Broadway at Furby, Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Service, 513-269 Main St., Winnipeg, Man., or a charity of your choice. Winnipeg Free Press, January 6, 1995
Rainbow Stage Longtime Director Dies on Vacation
Robert McMullin, one of Winnipeg's most celebrated composers and conductors, died Tuesday while on vacation in Regina. He was 73.
McMullin, best known for his more than 40 years as musical director and musical consultant for Rainbow Stage, was a self-taught musician who gained an international reputation as a composer and arranger.
He is survived by his wife, and a daughter and son-in-law.
"He certainly left an indelible mark on the music business," said longtime friend Cor Godri, treasurer of the Winnipeg Musicians' Association. "Not only here, but in Toronto, where he did some great shows, in New York, where he was a recording artist, and overseas.
"The man had a tremendous musical ear. He was a very pleasant, very tactful person with a good sense of humor. He was extremely human. He understood people."
McMullin was born in the western United States and raised in Alberta.
After the war, he began working in radio and, in 1955, moved to Winnipeg.
It was during his years in Manitoba that he created some of his most memorable works, most notably Concerto for a Centennial, which the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestry performed in 1974 under the direction of Doc Severinson, and the well-known Prairie sketches.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Thomson Funeral Chapels, 669 Broadway. Winnipeg Free Press, January 5, 1995
Wesley Witt McMullin (1887 - 1958)
Ruby Isabelle Eames McMullin (1892 - 1976)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
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