It is 14 years since the recording of the song (March 2001). The author of the song and copyright owner is Peter Barnes. This is the first website for the song and was updated and kept online because many people still come to the website looking for the song. The offical website where you can download sheet music, mp3's and order USB's that include videos for screening is at Australian War Heroes.
The words (lyrics) to the song have been requested to be used or read at commemorative ceremonies. Schools throughout Australia have requested to use the song for ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.
Sheet music, lyrics, and song mp3's (including backing track) are available for downloadhere Sheet music includes, full arrangement, choir, solo voice, piano, guitar (bass & electric), trumpet and drum kit.
You can use the song for commemorative purposes without having to ask for permission. This means, for instance, veteran funerals, veteran organisations, schools, local councils, community and military bands, school and community choirs, sporting and community events focusing on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day, can use the song without having to ask the author and copyright owner for permission.
The global aspect of the internet has allowed many people from other countries to hear the song. For instance, some years ago, a publishing house in Norway asked for the song... "The Norwegian publishing house Aschehoug is about to publish a new series of English schoolbooks for 8-10th grade in the Norwegian market. In this new series, called Key English, we want to make use of the song "Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching".
The song's YouTube Channel has passed two million eight hundred thousand video views, with most viewing videos relating to the song. You can see videos of the song for WW1, WW2, the Vietnam War and more.
The heroes song was created from Peter's experience in visiting the Adelaide River War Cemetery (114 kms south of Darwin) in the Northern Territory and seeing the graves of Australians who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Peter felt he should do something within his capabilities to honour the memory of such incredible sacrifice.
A total of 434 war graves marked by bronze plaques are contained in the Adelaide River War Cemetery. The burials are made up of 14 airmen of the RAF, 12 unidentified men of the British Merchant Navy; one soldier of the Canadian Army; 18 sailors, 181 soldiers and 201 airmen of the Australian Forces and seven men of the Australian Merchant Navy. The Northern Territory Memorial to the Missing honours a further 292 Servicemen and women lost to the north of Australia. The adjacent civil section contains the graves of the nine Post Office staff killed on 19 February 1942 during the bombing of Darwin, one of 63 separate occasions from that date. The civilian casualties of WW2 include those of 31 Indigenous Australians.
"To stand on my homeland, surrounded by our war dead, who fought heroically to defend Australia and their loved ones down the track, was a profound experience and initiated the creation of the song." Peter Barnes
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You can download the lyrics to 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' HERE
You can watch one of the best ANZAC Day tributes on YouTube HERE titled 'Spirit Of The ANZAC' by Ku-Ring-Gai Creative Arts High School for their 2013 ANZAC Day Assembly. The content of the video includes Gallipoli veterans talking about their experience at Gallipoli and the music content includes: 'The Last Rebel' by Lynyrd Skynyrd, 'Sound The Bugle' by Bryan Adams, 'Can You Hear Australia's Heroes Marching?' by Peter Barnes (Darren Mullan sings and composed the music). The video will touch your heart.