Published Online: Dec 3, 2013
Titanic Branson to Open 2014 Season with World's First Titanic Musicians' Gallery
December 1, 2013
Titanic Museum Attraction
For Immediate Use
Contact: Mary Kellogg
Unprecedented, Themed Exhibit set for Friday, January 17 Debut
Branson, MO, December, 2014 - For the first time anywhere, the RMS Titanic’s eight heroic musicians will be the focus of an exhibit that explores their lives, loves and legacies, beginning Friday, January 17, 2014, announces Titanic explorer and Titanic Museum Attraction co-owner, John Joslyn.
“We’ve been in the development and implementation stages of this important project for more than 3-years, and now, with all the many pieces in place and historical documentation and authentication in order, it’s finally ready to debut,” says Joslyn.
Through the years much has been written and speculated about the brave Titanic band members who continue to play on deck as the ship slowly slipped away - but little has
been told about their personal lives, until now. Did you know…
• Three of the musicians had never been to sea?
• Only one band member was married?
• Two musicians were planning to marry when they returned?
• The band was broken into two groups, a trio and a quintet?
• The 8 musicians never played together on Titanic until the sinking?
• Steinway & Sons was the official piano on board. Did you know there were five aboard?
• One band member’s famous, psychic father foresaw the Titanic disaster?
• Last year, Bandmaster Wallace Hartley’s violin sold at auction for 1.7 million?
“There is so much more to know about these brave young men, and this new addition to the Titanic Museum Attraction experience really gives our guests the chance to explore, in-depth, a story of courage, faith and honor they only thought they knew,” explains Joslyn.
When the music stopped, the legend began ….
Wallace Hartley, 33, Bandmaster – violin
John Clarke, 28 – contra basso – double bass
Theodore Brailey, 24 – piano
John Hume, 21 – violin
John Woodward, 32 - cello
Roger Bricoux, 20 – cello
George Krins, 23 – violin
Percy Taylor, 40 – piano
“They kept it up (playing until) to the very end. Only the engulfing ocean had power to drown them into silence. The band was playing ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee.’ I could hear it distinctly. The end was very close.” – Charlotte Collyer, Titanic Survivor
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