Kenneth J. Alford

Kenneth J. Alford

British composer of marches for band
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Kenneth J. Alford

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". Ricketts' frequent use of the saxophone contributed to its permanent inclusion in military bands.

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21 February 1881
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Ratcliff, London, United Kingdom
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15 May 1945
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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British Army WO1 Bandmaster; Royal Marines Major Director of Music; composer, arranger
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