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Eagle Squadron (arr Rogers)

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Kenneth J. Alford

Kenneth J Alford (arr. Rogers)


General Info

Year: 1942 /1997 / 2016
Duration: c. 3:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $90.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.95


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Like many of Alford's other marches, Eagle Squadron refers to a military unit. It also utilizes familiar excerpts, in this instance the Star-Spangled Banner, the Royal Air Force, Dixie, and Rule Britannia.

- Program note by publisher


Alford, who has been called the British March King, wrote this march in 1942 to honor the World War II Eagle Squadron, a group of American pilots who joined the British RAF in 1940, before the U.S. entered the war. He held a number of musical posts during his distinguished career in the British Army and the Royal Marines. His best-known march is Colonel Bogey, which was used in the film Bridge on the River Kwai.

- Program Notes Wiki


When the Second World War began, the British “March King” Kenneth J. Alford (pseudonym for Major F. J. Ricketts, R.M.) was increasingly in bad health and had composed relatively little music recently. As Hitler's armies marched victoriously across Europe, Britain was soon alone facing the Nazi peril. Alford's great contribution to the war effort was the composition of two of his great masterpieces, Army of the Nile, celebrating the first Allied victories over the Germans in North Africa and Eagle Squadron. The latter of these marches celebrates 244 American airmen who travelled to England during the early years of the war (before the entry of the United States into the conflict) to volunteer for service with the Royal Air Force, serving with great distinction during the Battle of Britain.

Alford skillfully weaves a number of well-known tunes into the fabric of the music, including the Royal Air Force March Past and The Star-Spangled Banner, while also including a reference to the Siegfried motive from Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung.

- Program Note from publisher


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Program Notes Wiki
  • Smith, Norman E. (1986). March Music Notes. Lake Charles, La: Program Note Press, pp. 6.