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Program Notes

The Mad Major


Kenneth Alford, composer

Kenneth Alford was as famous in England for his marches as Sousa was in the United States. His marches are characterized by a restrained and dignified "poetic" style. The Mad Major march indicates a deep interest in British military tradition. It is a refreshing work employing soft passages as well as tasteful power. This march was the ninth in a series of 17 marches composed by Alford during a 39-year period beginning just before World War I.

—Band Music Notes


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