"This work is a playful exploration of the traditional tune “Bound for South Australia”- an English song that has it’s origins on the docks of the Thames in London. The work also incorporates the “Song of Australia” written by German born South Australian composer Carl Linger. “Song of Australia” was one of four works considered as Australian National Anthem in the 1977 Anthem referendum. The “Blue Tuba” is a direct reference to the innovative fundraising campaign to finance the 2015 Youth Brass Band camp."
A bit about the composer:
Dr Mark C Smith has a long-standing connection with the South Australian Band Association. He has been a member of various SA bands for the last 28 years as a performing member and Conductor, and is currently a member of SABA’s Music Advisory Board. Mark is prolific in his output of band music, with works played in concerts and contests by orchestras and bands Australia wide. He is a professional writer and was responsible for producing works for the Adelaide Carols by Candlelight for Fourteen years. As a performer, Mark has had tremendous success in solo competitions. He has won Six National solo prizes on Trumpet and Flugelhorn, and is the current SA champion on the latter (for the ninth consecutive year). Mark works as Director of Music at the Star of the Sea School – one of SA’s largest Primary School music programs. He was awarded a PhD in Music Composition for his 2012 Thesis “Casting Brass” which explored the influence of the banding movement upon orchestral music.