Titanic Orchestra

Titanic Orchestra

12 April 1912

The ship's eight-member orchestra travelled as second-class passengers, and were not on the payroll of the White Star Line. Until the night of sinking, the orchestra performed as two separate entities: a quintet led by the bandleader, Wallace Hartley, that played at teatime, after-dinner concerts, and Sunday services, among other things; and the violin, cello and piano trio of Roger Bricoux, George Krins and Theodore Brailey, that played at the Á La Carte Restaurant and the Café Parisien.
As the ship sank the band played popular tunes to raise spirits. As the ship began its final moments they turned to playing hymns. None of the band survived.