Don Haskell, Announcer for the Pride of Arizona Marching Band, Dies at 68
Don Haskell, the announcer and marketing/branding director of the Pride of Arizona marching band, died April 22. He was 68.
Haskell received his master's degree from the UA in theatre production and management in 1972. After working at California Lutheran College as an assistant professor, he was hired as the associate dean of the UA College of Fine Arts in 1984. His job was to promote the departments in his college to the public.
"Don was instrumental at the UA during his time as associate dean of the College of Fine Arts with raising much-needed funding for many programs," said Jay Rees, the band's former director and a friend of Haskell's, who recalled Haskell's work raising money to pay for new uniforms for the marching band.
Haskell also worked to integrate the College of Fine Arts, School of Music and the band department into the greater Tucson community by organizing band performances for many charity events.
He retired from full-time work in 2009, but remained involved in producing fundraising concerts and events for nonprofit organizations in Arizona and California. He was the announcer for the Pride of Arizona marching band at UA football pregame and halftime performances for 25 years.
"Don was a man who truly cared for all of the people in our community and all of our students," Rees said. "He was intrinsically motivated at all times to find new ways to not only fundraise, but to enhance the experience of our students and our community. He was a genuinely committed humanitarian and he was an irreverently funny, funny guy."
Don is survived by his son, Christopher.
A memorial service for Haskell will be held Thursday in the Fred Fox School of Music, Crowder Hall, at 7:30 p.m. The service is open to anyone who would like to pay their respects and celebrate Haskell's life. Those who would like to join remotely can watch via livestream at https://livestream.com/accounts/1974732/events/7321483.