David Edris died August 6, 2022. He was born in Los Angeles, California in 1937.
Dr. David Edris was a Professor of Music who retired in 2006 after thirty-two years of service to the Department of Music and Peru State College. During that time he served as the Director of Band Activities, chair of the Humanities Division, and as a music faculty member teaching courses in World Music, Jazz History, Music Appreciation, music education, and private lessons on all wind and percussion instruments. David earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a specialization in trumpet performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He earned the degrees Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Tulsa. David had extensive professional performing experience having held prominent positions in the trumpet sections of the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tulsa Opera/Ballet Orchestra, and the St. Joseph (Missouri) Symphony. He has also performed with the Kansas City Symphony and numerous chamber ensembles in Tulsa and Kansas City. He has performed in back-up groups for visiting jazz luminaries to the Tulsa area and as a freelance musician in numerous jazz and dance bands in the Tulsa and Kansas City areas. During his tenure at Peru State and after his retirement, David played in the Southeast Nebraska Community Band.
In 1979, Dr. Edris with music department colleague, Dr. Thomas Ediger, formed the performance duo, Aeolian II. They performed a minimum of two recitals each year, with the first recital each year opening the fall music department performance schedule. The Aeolian II title is derived from the name of the mythological Greek god of the wind, Aeolus. The name Aeolian is often associated with the wind but there are other connotations. For example, there is the Aeolian scale; thus, Aeolian represents musical from or structure. There is the Aeolian harp; thus, Aeolian represents musical instruments. And when one experiences the wind whistling through the trees or the wind howling around the corner of a building, the acoustical effect is known as an Aeolian tone; and thus, Aeolian represents musical sound. The Roman numeral two represented the two performers. In short, Aeolian II presents quality sounding performances of all forms of music on musical instruments. The duo last performed in 2008.
David lived in Peru with his wife, Malinda, who survived him. They married in 1964 while living in Tulsa.
Funeral services are private. Condolences may be left online at www.hallfuneral.net. Hall Funeral Chapel in Auburn in charge of arrangements.