2014 New Gallery!
World Tribute to Titanic's 8 Musicians
Their Lives, Loves and Legacy – An Epic Ballad of the Sea
Bon Voyage, Titanic
The Roger Marie Bricoux Story
Roger Bricoux was born on the fringe of fame on June 1, 1891, the son of Marie-Rose and Leon Bricoux. His father was a member of the prestigious Monte Carlo Casino band in Monaco where he rubbed shoulders with the royal family and world famous celebrities.
Growing up in this heady atmosphere, Roger developed a taste for the “good life.” His love of music and the arts won him a place at Mozart’s alma mater in Italy. Here, he won first prize for his cello playing. By 1910 he was playing-for-pay with small bands and hotel orchestras until finally given the chance to join the band on the cruise ship, Carpathia – ironically, the very ship that would play such a dramatic role in the Titanic story.
From the Carpathia to Titanic was a major step-up for Roger. He was thrilled to have been chosen as one of eight musicians to sail on Titanic’s maiden voyage. At 20, he was the youngest in the group but had the most thorough, formal training of them all.
He was described as a handsome young fellow with a charming French accent. All of which made him very attractive to young women. Before going to sea, he may or may not have had a relationship with English domestic servant named Adelaide Kelsall that resulted in the birth of a daughter. All Adelaide told her parents was that the father was a cellist about to join the Titanic.
“As for getting married,” Roger wrote his parents, “I will never marry unless it’s to a girl with money because with my tastes I only want ‘love in silk,’ not living in attics with the fear of not eating the next day.” After just four days on Titanic, it was the fear of not livingat allthat consumed him.
Roger had wrapped-up another evening of playing in Titanic’s elegant Parisian Restaurant, and was in his cabin when the ship struck the berg. Soon after, bandleader Wallace Hartley called him back on deck. The terrible reality that Titanic was doomed had not sunk in yet and it was hoped that hearing familiar tunes would help calm passengers’ fears as they searched for lifeboats.
In the end, the heroic actions displayed by Roger Bricoux and his brave band mates did help transcend the great divide for more than 1,500 passengers and crew. None of the musicians survived.
The new Titanic Musician’s Tribute Gallery is now open in Branson, Missouri. Come, take another look at a story you thought you knew.