According to the Internet source given below, Harry LaForrest Alford was an American arranger and composer of band marches born in Hudson, Michigan. In his boyhood he learned to play slide trombone, piano, and organ as well as teaching himself composition and arrangement.
He studied at the Dana Musical Institute in Warren, Ohio then becoming a trombonist with touring minstrel shows, wild west shows, and theatrical troupes.
A pioneer, he was the first to open a custom arranging business in Chicago employing famous copyists and arrangers working in sound proof studios. The Harry L. Alford Arranging Studios operated until 1940, producing over 34,000 arrangements.
||Minding the Score: the Music of Harry L. Alford
||Biography by Rick Benjamin
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