Herbert ALLEN

  • "I was impressed with Mr. Allen after our first rehearsal in..."
    - Maurice Evans
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    - Jeanne Uphoff Anderson
  • "I am proud to call Herb my friend and I will miss him. The..."
    - Bruce Parker - Cast A
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    - Judy Peterson
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    - Bob Bulkley

ALLEN, Herbert 88, composer, arranger, and xylophone virtuoso, died peacefully March 3, 2018 in Tucson. Born in 1929 in Seattle, Allen was recognized at an early age as a musical prodigy. He was a founder of Up With People in 1965, its music director for 30 years, and a mentor to the thousands who would make a mark through music and public service. They performed in 60 nations on six continents. In 1976 Up With People created the modern half-time spectacular at Super Bowl X. Allen conducted the show's 400 young performers with 90 million watching on TV. Three more Super Bowl halftimes would follow. In 2004 at a Lifetime Achievement ceremony, Allen received tributes from David Grossman, VP of Paramount Pictures for TV music, and Marilyn Bergman, president of A.S.C.A.P. Award-winning record producer David Mackay called Herb "the greatest musician I know." Allen will be remembered by thousands, young and old, for his warm, unquenchable spirit, love and compassion, his humor, and profound humanity. He is survived by Jane Allen, his wife of sixty years; daughters, Maryanne Chisholm and Mardi Benedict; sister, Audrey Tincom; son-in-laws, Mark Chisholm and Dr. Rick Benedict; grandchildren, Adam Arno, Josh Arno, Hayley Lutz and Paige Chisholm. Donations in memory may be made to: "Colwell/Allen Scholarship Fund" at upwithpeople.org The Celebration will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 at 12:00 noon at Victory Worship Center, 2561 Ruthrauff Rd, Tucson.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 13, 2018