Kenneth J. Alford

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Frederick Joseph Ricketts (21 February 1881 – 15 May 1945) was an English composer of marches for band. Under the pen name Kenneth J. Alford, he composed marches which are considered to be great examples of the art. He was a Bandmaster in the British Army, and Royal Marines Director of Music. Conductor Sir Vivian Dunn called Ricketts "The British March King".[1] Ricketts' frequent use of the saxophone contributed to its permanent inclusion in military bands. His best known work is the "Colonel Bogey March".[2]

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Kenneth J. Alford
Born21 February 1881
Ratcliff, London, England
Died15 May 1945(1945-05-15) (aged 64)
Reigate, Surrey, England
Other namesKenneth J. Alford
Occupation(s)Bandmaster, composer, arranger
Known forBritish March King
Annie Louisa Holmes
(m. 1907)
Military career
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Years of service1895–1944
UnitRoyal Irish Regiment