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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 130

Robert McMullin fonds.  - 1947-1993. - 6.75 m of textual records. 

Biographical sketch
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. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the musical activities of Robert McMullin: autograph manuscripts of compositions and arrangements, including music for radio, television, film and jingles; contracts; correspondence; lyrics; notes. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Joan McMullin, widow of Robert McMullin, in 1999. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  futher accessions expected. 

Proactive Disclosure