'The Band That Played On', by historian and biographer Steven Turner, gives an extraordinary account the 8 brave musicians who went down with the Titanic and whose individual stories have never been fully told. The book gives a wholly new and moving viewpoint on the disaster, on the Christian background of the men and on their act of courageous self sacrifice.
On that fateful 'night to remember', Titanic's eight musicians had already retired for the evening. Even though they were withing their conditions of service to make straight for the lifeboats, they put on their overcoats played together in the lounge and then moved to the deck and continued to play as the great ship began its final slide beneath the waves.
The band played on to calm a situation that could so easily have turned to panic and cost even more lives. As on passenger recalled, Many brave things were done that night, but none were more brave 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.
'The Band that Played On' is a truly inspiring act of utter selflessness. The 8 musicians deliberately sacrificed the possibility of escape in order to keep a mood of tranquility at a time of extreme anxiety. Most intriguing is the question that many still ask: did they really play 'Nearer My God to Thee' as many insist, even though the tune wasn't in their official repertoire? And what really happened to the band leader's violin allegedly recovered with his body?
Steve Turner's engaging book brings to light the lives of these brave men and their surviving descendants with eight unique portraits of courage and bravery.
The Band That Played On by Steve Turner was published by Thomas Nelson in February 2011 and is our 13506th best seller. The ISBN for The Band That Played On is 9781595552198.