BRANSON, Mo. – On April 15, 104 years ago, the RMS Titanic sank. Branson entertainers came together this week to pay tribute to the eight musicians aboard, including the bandmaster Wallace Hartley, whose violin is on display until Memorial Day at the Titanic museum attraction in Branson. The violin recently sold at auction for $1.7 million dollars, the largest sum ever paid for Titanic memorabilia.
“Every violinist and fiddle player in Branson was invited to help make world history by taking part in a giant ensemble to honor the eight members of the heroic RMS Titanic band,” said Mary Kellogg, Titanic museum attraction’s co-owner.
“The most important and valuable artifact ever recovered from the RMS Titanic disaster is the cherished violin that belonged to the bandleader, Wallace Hartley. We are honored to display it at our Branson ship through Memorial Day weekend,” adds Kellogg. “Paying tribute to this iconic violin and the heroic members of the band, some of Branson’s wonderful musical talent, including world-renown violinist Shoji Tabuchi, joined us for this unprecedented event.”
RMS Titanic set sail on her Maiden Voyage on April 10, 1912 and she was lost five days later on April 15, 1912. There were 2,208 passengers onboard and 712 survived.