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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.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 21st, 1881 (London), Died Reigate

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1939

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor

Notes: Original name: Frederick Joseph Ricketts.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-22204 10-in. 8/9/1918 Colonel Bogey march First Regiment N. S. Marine Band Band composer  
Columbia 78848 10-in. 12/9/1919 Colonel Bogey Columbia Band Band composer  
OKeh S-7581 10-in. Sept. 1920 Colonel Bogey march Conway's Band Band composer  
Brunswick E29937 10-in. May 1929 Colonel Bogey Walter B. Rogers Band Band composer  
Edison 9981 10-in. 1/30/1925 Colonel Bogey march Imperial Marimba Band Band composer  
Gramophone 0EA7996 10-in. 6/21/1939 The two dons Kenneth J. Alford ; Band of HM Royal Marines [Plymouth, England] ; L. Wegus ; B. Wright Band, with 2 xylophones composer, conductor  
Gramophone 0EA7997 10-in. 6/21/1939 The smithy Kenneth J. Alford ; Band of HM Royal Marines [Plymouth, England] Band composer, conductor  
Victor (Canada) 7815 10-in. before 11/21/1934 Colonel Bogey Arthur W. Delamont ; Vancouver Kitsilano Boys' Band Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Alford, Kenneth J.," accessed October 31, 2020,

Alford, Kenneth J.. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from

"Alford, Kenneth J.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 31 October 2020.

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