Having followed the British Army's military bands for the better part of 20 years, I always found the Irish Guards Band to be one of the better performers. Having played for almost a decade in a now-defunct British Columbia community band, I recognized a good number of the marches played here (we often used to play them ourselves); others I recognized from hearing other recordings of them.
A good number of these tracks are written by none other than Britain's own K.J. Alford, the U.K's version of John Philip Sousa. The most evident of these is, of course, 'Colonel Bogey', featured in 'Bridge on the River Kwai' starring William Holden and the late Sir Alec Guinness; others written by Alford include 'The Great Little Army', 'Voice of the Guns', 'The Vanished Army', 'On the Quarterdeck', and 'Army of the Nile', which sometimes still sees action as a march performed during the 'Changing of the Guard'. Other easy-to-recognize marches include 'Guadalcanal March' by Richard Rodgers, along with Leo R. Stanley's 'The Contemptibles', which I remember playing for many years. 'Machine Gun Guards' is a lively march I had previously heard only once, in a recording from the Wembley Military Musical Pageant (a massive concert which was discontinued in 1987); 'Arromanches' uses a lively woodwind melody to depict one of the battle/landing sites on D-Day; the 'Flying Fortress March', of course, refers to the United States' B-17 bomber that exacted punishing attacks against German & Japanese targets on both the Europe and South Pacific fronts.
This is a great collection of marches from the 2 world wars, worthy of an addition to any collector of military bands.