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Alan D. LaFave served as Director of Bands at Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D. from 1991-2006. He currently serves as the Dean of Fine Arts and Professor of Music/clarinet. He holds the B.M.E. in instrumental/vocal music from Northern State University and the M.M. and D.M.A. in clarinet performance from Arizona State University, Tempe. Prior to his appointment at NSU, Dr. LaFave taught at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, Arizona State University, Tempe, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, and Central High School, Aberdeen. His formal clarinet training includes studies with Harvey Moen, James Gai, and Robert Spring.

Dr. LaFave has performed with the Phoenix Bach Choir Orchestra, Quintessence, the Arizona Ballet Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony, and was principal clarinet with the Arizona State University Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and American Serenade Band. In addition, he performed for three consecutive Northern Plains Clarinet Symposiums, Grand Forks, ND, and the Montana/Idaho Clarinet Symposium, Missoula, MT. He is in constant demand as a soloist throughout the upper mid-west and presented a solo performance for the 2000 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Dr. LaFave was named the 2000 South Dakota Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year by Phi Beta Mu, International Bandmasters Fraternity. In March 2002, the NSU Symphonic Band performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. In 2006, Dr. LaFave was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and was the recipient of the Phi Beta Mu Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. LaFave maintains an active and vigorous schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and soloist throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as a guest conductor, soloist, and clinician in Alaska, Arizona, Bahamas, Colorado, Iowa, Manitoba, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. He is currently the Past President of the South Dakota Music Educator’s Association. He has taught at the International Music Camp, Peace Garden, ND, and Yellowstone Music Camp, Powell, WY, and serves as the executive director of Rushmore Music Camp, Keystone, SD.

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