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KENNETH J. ALFORD  

(1881 - 1945)

Frederick J. Ricketts (1881-1945) composed under the pseudonym Kenneth J. Alford. When he was just fourteen he lied about his age in order to join the First Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment and, after seeing service in India, he joined the Royal Military School, Kneller Hall. He is supposed to have helped a number of other students who were given the task of composing music but were not as proficient as he was. In 1930 he became director of music for the Plymouth Division, Royal Marines. Under his leadership this ensemble achieved worldwide fame, with tours to France and Canada. During the Second World War, Alford, by then promoted to the rank of major, took the ensemble all over England. He retired a year before his death. His most famous march is Colonel Bogey, not least because of the prominent role it plays in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). It also became extremely popular during the Second World War among British soldiers, who provided it with texts unsuitable for printing.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
100 FAMOUS MARCHES Altissimo
75442201072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
129TH ARMY BAND: 129th Army Band Altissimo
75442261232
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 1 Altissimo
75442255342
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442255362
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 4 Altissimo
75442255402
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
50 PATRIOTIC SONGS - Music for the 4th of July Altissimo
75442200162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
HEATH, Ted: So Easy (1948-1952) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120717
Nostalgia
JACK-IN-THE-BOX - A Collection of Amusing and Entertaining Works by Classical Composers Naxos
8.570124-25
Orchestral
PARADE MUSIC Altissimo
75442259922
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 10 (Guest Conductors) Altissimo
75442262032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 4 (Historic Soloists and William F. Santelmann) Altissimo
75442261972
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 1 Altissimo
75442255852
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 2 Altissimo
75442255882
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Sound Off! Altissimo
75442260982
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
STRIKE UP THE BAND! Naxos
8.557545
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA: Heroes, Lost and Fallen Altissimo
75442260292
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: First Flight Altissimo
75442260362
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: To Walk With Wings Altissimo
75442260452
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: First Flights Altissimo
75442260572
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCES IN EUROPE BAND: Berlin bleibt doch Berlin! Altissimo
75442260262
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES MILITARY BANDS: Patriotic Music for all Occasions Altissimo
75442202232
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Music for Honors and Ceremonies Altissimo
75442270752
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
WORLD FAMOUS MARCHES Naxos International
8.990010
Orchestral




 
 
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