Page 2 - Kenneth Alford On the Quarter Deck March
Program Notes Frederick J. Ricketts composed his famous marches under the pseudonym Kenneth J. Alford. The march “On the Quarter Deck” was written in 1917 during the First World War to commemorate the Battle of Jutland. The “quarter deck” is the raised deck behind the main mast of a sailing ship; traditionally it was where the captain commanded his vessel and where the ship’s colors were kept. About the Editor R. Mark Rogers has degrees from Texas Tech University and the University of Texas. As Director of Publications for Southern Music Company from 1993 through 2012, he authored editions of the music of Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa that have entered band repertory worldwide. He is also widely published as an arranger and transcriber, with performances by all five of the Washington, DC service bands. Dr. Rogers is the conductor of the Heart of Texas Concert Band and serves on the adjunct faculty of San Antonio College, Texas Lutheran University and Trinity University, and prior to coming to San Antonio was on the faculty of the University of South Alabama and a staff member with the University of Texas Longhorn Band. A bassoonist, he performs with the orchestras of Corpus Christi, Victoria, Laredo, San Antonio and Austin, as well as the Mid-Texas Symphony. He is active in church music and occasionally appears in music theater, including numerous roles in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. Sudie, his wife of forty years, his children and their spouses (and grandchild), are the joy of his later years.