Story: Popular music

The 'Invercargill march'

Composer and band leader Alex Lithgow lived in New Zealand between the ages of six and 24, and his most famous work, the 'Invercargill march', was dedicated to his boyhood town. He composed the tune in 1901 and rearranged it in 1908 – this version was performed at the national brass band contest in Invercargill in 1909. The tune became popular during the First World War after it was played during a parade of Gallipoli veterans in London in 1916. It remained a standard in the international brass band repertoire in the 21st century. 

This is the New Zealand Artillery Band playing the 'Invercargill march'.

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The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery

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Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - Shows, musical groups and songwriting, 1860s–1910s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014