Wallace Henry Hartley, June 2, 1878 – April 15, 1912 - Bandmaster
George Alexandre Krins, March 18, 1889 – April 15, 1912 - Violin
Roger Marie Brucoux, June 1, 1891 – April 15, 1912 - Cello
Theodore Ronald Brailey, October 25, 1887 – April 15, 1912 - Piano
Percy Cornelius Taylor, c. 1872 – April 15, 1912 - Piano
John Wesley Woodward, c. 1879 – April 15, 1912 - Cello
John Frederick Preston Clarke, c. 1883 – April 15, 1912 - Bass
John Law Hume, August 9, 1890 – April 15, 1912 - Violin
The eight musicians are perhaps some of the most honored heroes of the Titanic tragedy. According to lore, the band chose to stay together until the very end, playing ragtime music to calm passengers boarding lifeboats.
Radio Operator Harold Bride gave testimony stating that the band played “Autumn,” a popular ragtime waltz, as their final song.
A passenger noted: "Many brave things were done that night, but none were braver than those done by men playing minute after minute as the ship settled quietly lower and lower in the sea. The music they played served alike as their own immortal requiem and their right to be recalled on the scrolls of undying fame."
Was the song “Autumn” a hymn, or ragtime?
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