Colonel Bogey (arr Glover)
Flute I-II (doubling Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II (II or E-flat Alto Clarinet)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
None discovered thus far.
Major Frederick Ricketts often used the golf course at Fort George in Scotland for his daily walks. One day in 1914, he came in the way of a golf player who instead of shouting the customary “fore” whistled the notes B and G. These were immediately answered by Ricketts with the next notes in the phrase. The march got its title from the golf term “bogey.” Malcolm Arnold used the march in his score for the1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai.
- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music
The interval of a descending minor third, seemingly basic to human communication, appears to be a factor in the composition of this march and also a reason for its innate appeal. Strolling on the Fort George golf course in Inverness, Scotland, one day in 1913, Ricketts reportedly heard the two-note interval whistled as a warning, and the result was a world-famous march with the familiar golf term "bogey" in its title.
In 1957 the film the Bridge on the River Kwai revived interest in this World War I march, and the younger generation of soldiers (and bandsmen) sang the same bawdy words heard by Alford [the pseudonym of Frederick Ricketts] 30 years earlier. According to Lt. Col. F. Vivian Dunn, the composer "greatly deprecated this usage, but was resigned to it as he understood the cheerful fortitude of the British troops in the face of adversity in the war." Capitalizing on the popularity of the original march -- still among the world's most popular -- Rickets later arranged a potpourri of several of his marches using the title Colonel Bogey on Parade.
- Program Note from Program Notes for Band
Colonel Bogey March (1914) utilizes a variation on the march form with which most Americans are familiar. The first strain and second strain are repeated as is now standard. However, after the repeat of the 2nd strain, the 1st strain is restated a single time creating a modified song form (Intro-AABBA) before the descending fifth key center shift at the transition to the trio.
- Program Note from Kennesaw State University University Band concert program, 17 April 2018
- Audio: [v Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown]
- Audio CD: Washington Winds (Edward Petersen, conductor)
None discovered thus far.
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- Grace College (Winona Lake, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Eric Criss, conductor) – 25 March 2022
- Charlotte (N.C.) Concert Band (Drew Carter, conductor) – 13 February 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Army of the Nile (1941)
- By Land and Sea (1941)
- Cavalry of the Clouds (1923)
- Colonel Bogey (1914)
- Colonel Bogey (ed. Fennell) (1914/1982)
- Colonel Bogey (arr. Glover) (1914/2000)
- Colonel Bogey (arr. Williams) (1914/2001)
- Colonel Bogey on Parade (1934)
- Dunedin (1928)
- Eagle Squadron (1942)
- Eagle Squadron (arr. Rogers) (1942/2016)
- The Great Little Army (arr. Winter) (1916)
- HM Jollies (1929)
- Holyrood (1912)
- Lightning Switch Fantasia, The (1924)
- The Mad Major (ed. Fennell) (1921/1983)
- Middy, The (arr. Gore) (1917)
- Musical Switch, A (1921)
- Old Panama (1929)
- On the Quarter Deck (1917)
- Standard of St George, The (1930)
- Thin Red Line, The (1908/1925)
- Vanished Army, The (1918)
- The Vanished Army (ed. Fennell) (1919/1986)
- Vedette, The (1913)
- Voice of the Guns, The (1917)
- Alford, K.; Glover, A. (2000). Colonel Bogey March [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Frederick J. Ricketts." Accessed 2 January 2015
- Pease, Andy. "Colonel Bogey by Kenneth Alford." Wind Band Literature, 29 June 2021. Web. Accessed 29 June 2021
- Perusal score
- Smith, Norman E. (2002). Program Notes for Band. Chicago: GIA Publications, pp. 504