Invercargill March (arr Laurendeau)

From Wind Repertory Project
Alex Lithgow

Alex Lithgow (arr. Louis-Philippe Laurendeau)

General Info

Year: 1908 / 1913 / 1940
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphonic Band
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Bass Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Tenor Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Drums, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Orchestral Bells
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Invercargill March is a march written by Alex Lithgow and named after his home town of Invercargill, on the South Island of New Zealand.

The Invercargill rates alongside John Philip Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever, The, Kenneth J Alford's Colonel Bogey, and Johann Strauss Sr's Radetzky March as one of the most popular in the world. It is especially popular in the United States, being a top favourite of the U.S. Marines. It was the regimental march of the 56th Infantry Regiment of the New York Guard during World War II.

In his book Invercargill - 150 Years, Lloyd Esler's opening sentence reads "Invercargill was done a fine favour by Alex Lithgow who named his famous march after his boyhood home. The Invercargill March, possibly the best advertisement the town has ever had as the work is a brass-band favourite, and the word 'Invercargill’ is whispered amongst audiences worldwide. There is only one Invercargill in the world -- this one".

It was originally written in 1901 by Alex Lithgow as a jig-type tune for symphonic band. No research can find if that tune had a name but it was known to be rejected in that format by a publisher. When Invercargill hosted the national brass band contest in 1909, Alex’s brother Tom asked for a test piece for the contest and Alex offered this piece (re-arranged). On the music he wrote, "To Invercargill, the Southernmost City in New Zealand (End of the World), and its Citizens, I dedicate this March as a memento of the many pleasant years spent there in my boyhood."

The march was used at the first parade in London for veterans of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign in 1916. lnvercargill was suggested because it was written by a composer from both New Zealand and Australia. With bands from the United Kingdom leading the parade, authorities were looking for a tune to represent the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops. The tune became known as “that Gallipoli tune” and instantly got onto the hit parade. Invercargill was later adopted as the regimental march of the 56th Infantry Regiment of the New York Guard during World War II.

- Program Note from Blackburn High School Symphonic Band concert program, 20 December 2017


State Ratings

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