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George Kenny and “Coat of Arms” March


George Kenny or Kenney (March 7, 1926-August 3, 1997) is a pseudonym for Kenneth G. “Ken” Whitcomb, a Michigan-born composer, arranger, conductor, educator, and saxophonist.  According to the ASCAP Biographical Dictionary of Composers, Authors and Publishers 3rd edition, Whitcomb was born on March 7, 1926 in Battle Creek, Michigan.  He was a clarinetist, saxophonist and arranger in the United States Military Academy Band in West Point, New York.  Later he became the second conductor of this elite military orchestra. Then he was transferred to Germany and became the conductor of the 30th United States Army Band.

With Barbara Buelman, Whitcomb wrote a band method called Sessions in Sound.  His only notable composition is Coat of Arms from 1957.  It uses traditional march form and style, with part writing that makes every part interesting to play without making excessive technical demands.  This march combines characteristic march elements with some non-traditional march sonorities. The trio is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.  After leaving the military, he returned to California and became a saxophonist in an orchestra at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Later Whitcomb was asked by Walt Disney to be a composer and arranger for marches and festive music which would be played at various Disney entertainment parks throughout the whole world. In 1973 he retired.  He last resided in California where he was a freelance composer in the Los Angeles area and died on August 3, 1997, at the age of 71.   His remains were buried at the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California

My collection includes the following work by George Kenny:

George Kenny.


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