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Army of the Nile

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Kenneth J. Alford

Kenneth J Alford (arr. Frederick Fennell)

General Info

Year: 1941 / 1988
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: IV(see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00  |  Score Only - $7.50    


Condensed Score
C Piccolo
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Field Drum
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This heroic-sounding march, with its quotes from The Last Post and Lights Out, was composed early in 1941, after one of the first Allied victories in World War II. Following the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and throughout most of 1940, Germany conquered one country after another. In Italy, Benito Mussolini was torn with jealously, afraid Adolf Hitler was on his way to total glory as well as total power. Having already defeated the natives of Ethiopia in 1935, Mussolini believed his 80,000 troops in North Africa could readily defeat the 30,000 British troops from the Army of the Nile (the Eighth Army) and thus further increase the number of Italian possessions on that continent. However, he failed to take into account the courage and stamina of the outnumbered Englishmen, Ulstermen, Cameron Highlanders, Sikhs, Pathans, and Hindus, as well as the cunning of Lt. General Richard Nugent O'Connor, a self-effacing little man who was one of Great Britain's most outstanding military strategists. In December 1940, two of O'Connor's Western Desert Divisions (the Fourth Indian and the Seventh Armored) completely routed Marshall Rodolfo Graziani's Italian troops. The victory was so complete that one of the British battalion commanders estimated his Italian prisoners as "five acres of officers and 200 acres of other ranks."

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

Army of the Nile was written as a tribute to General Sir Archibald Wavell’s inspiring victories in the Western Desert Campaign in 1941.

- Program Note by The Alford American Family Foundation


State Ratings

  • Kansas: III


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  • Texas A&M University (College Station) Wind Symphony (Timothy Rhea, conductor) - 29 November 2020
  • South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts (Greenville) Wind Ensemble (David Hamilton, conductor) - 10 March 2020
  • Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville) Wind Symphony (John Bell, conductor) – 22 November 2019 (Nebraska Music Educators Association Conference/In-Service)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 21 November 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Concert Band (Matthew Morse, conductor) - 16 October 2019
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 16 June 2019
  • Kenosha (Wisc.) Pops Concert Band (Frank Germinaro, conductor)– 12 June 2019
  • 191st Army Band (Dublin, Calif.) (Jeremy Garrido, conductor) – 9 June 2019 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Alex Baczewski and Jeff Osarczuk, conductors) – 16 April 2019
  • Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Manitowoc, Wisc.) (Marc Sackman, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • Dalton/Whitfield Community Band (Tunnel Hill, Ga.) (George “Smitty” Barnett, conductor) – 12 November 2018
  • University of Missouri - St. Louis Wind Ensemble (Gary Brandes, conductor) - 17 October 2018
  • North Dakota State University (Fargo) University Band (Warren Olfert, conductor) – 15 October 2018
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 29 April 2018
  • The University of Texas at Tyler Wind Ensemble (Jeffrey Emge, conductor) – 7 March 2018
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphony Band (Amanda Fornshell, conductor) – 22 February 2018
  • Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony I (Daniel Crain, conductor) – 20 November 2017
  • San Jose (Calif.) Wind Symphony (Edward C. Harris, conductor) – 5 March 2017
  • Allegheny College (Pa.) Band Camp for Adult Musicians (Timothy W. Foley, conductor) – 26 June 2015

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Alford, K.; Fennell, F. (1988). Army of the Nile [score]. Boosey & Hawkes: London.
  • Perusal score
  • Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 504.