Titanic: Band of Courage
Thursday, March 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Explore the dramatic and inspiring story of the eight musicians who continued to play as the Titanic went down.
Their story is told through new recordings of songs from the White Star Songbook, along with archival photos and interviews with experts on the tragedy, the era and its music, offering insight into the musicians and why the courageous men continued to play until the end.
The story of the band and their legendary bravery in the face of death made news around the world at the time. As the London Daily Mirror reported on April 23, 1912: “In the whole history of the sea, there is little equal to the wonderful behavior of these humble players, who, in the last moments of the great ship’s doom, when all was plainly lost, when braver and hardier men might almost have been excused for doing practically anything to save themselves, stood responsive to their conductor’s baton.”
Titanic survivor Lawrence Beesley said of the band: “Many brave things were done that night, but none more brave than by those men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea and the sea rose higher and higher to where they stood; the music they played serving alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recorded on the rolls of undying fame.”
Photo: Titanic leaving Southampton on April 10, 1912.