Former NDSU band director Orville “Orv” Eidem dies

Former NDSU band director Orville “Orv” Eidem died Oct. 14 in Moorhead, Minn. He was 79 years old. Eidem directed NDSU bands from 1970-93.

During his tenure, Eidem lobbied for the current location of the Music Education building and created the jazz program in addition to directing the Gold Star Concert Band and Gold Star Marching Band.

“Orv made a warm and wonderful impression on everyone he met,” said John Miller, director of the NDSU Division of Fine Arts. “Whether they were enjoying his trombone playing, the music he was conducting, one of his thousands of jokes or his words of wisdom about the joys of life. We’ll all miss him.”

Eidem was a trombonist and longtime member of the Jazz Arts Group of Fargo Moorhead. He often performed with various ensembles throughout the community and region. Eidem was an active teacher and adjudicator and a popular mentor to many music students.

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