We enjoyed a wonderful weekend of celebration
with our friend, Dr. Alan LaFave,
and with his family and friends.
Events started on Thursday evening with a recital.
Alan is such an accomplished musician.
He performed beautifully on the clarinet.
Here he is with his Graduate Professor, Advisor, and Mentor,
Dr. Robert Spring of Arizona State University.
All of these musicians shared their talents with us.
The recital was just so inspiring.
Then everyone moved to a nearby venue for a reception.
I was proud of our Aberdeen Jazz Group
that provided the entertainment.
Alan joined them for a couple of tunes.
And the food was delicious.
We gathered early the next morning.
Here I am with the First Lady of VCSU.
The Processional was so impressive.
Many of us were moved to tears.
The collegiate choir performed
such a special arrangement of a song called “No Time”.
It was truly beautiful.
Then the big moment.
It was time for the Investiture and
Presentation of the Presidential Medallion.
The Inaugural Address by our friend was heartfelt,
emotional, and uplifting.
Valley City State University’s President enjoying a photo session
with representatives of the student body.
It was time for everyone to relax
and have fun the rest of the evening.
After some appetizers at a nearby Sports Pub...
We attended a concert by Transit Authority,
a Chicago Tribute Band.
We all just loved the music.
Alan was called up to the stage to address the crowd.
The trombone player to his right,
was one of his students when he taught music.
It was a lovely autumn day.
We all made our way home, leaving
Valley City State University in very good hands.
Congratulations to our dear friend, Alan.
We were honored to be a part of your special day.