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Robert B. McCleish, Jr.

Robert McCleishBob McCleish was the original musical director of the Original Hobo Band at its inception in 1946 as the Cedar Chips Band from Pitman. Before retiring, Bob had more than 40 years as the band's director. During his tenure, the band had developed into one of the most talked-about and sought-after musical organizations on the east coast.

As a member and Past President of the Pennsylvania Bandmasters' Association, he earned the admiration and respect of many of the top directors in the country.

He was cornet soloist and assistant conductor of the championship American Legion Bands of Clayton and Millville. Bob can be credited with both building and maintaining the Original Hobo Band organization, which was first known as The Cedar Chips Band of Pitman.

During Bob's tenure, the band competed in many music festivals and competitions, winning 103 first prizes (including a National Championship in 1957). Other band participations under his leadership were the Philadelphia Mummers' Parade (21 times), the Miss America Pageant Parade (10 times) and the National Tall Cedars Parade (20 times).

Bob was, without exception, the most important single force in the creation and growth of the original organization, which exists -- and prospers -- to this day.

There is much more to be added to Bob's legacy. If you or anyone in your knowledge has additional information that can be added to this tribute, please email that information to the webmaster.

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