The banjoist is now being interviewed, and believes that the air he must have been performing at the time was "The Lost Chord."
So he stared with all his might at the banjoist, who just then began another song.
I must not forget our banjoist, who of nights beguiled our careworn chief with cheery marches, quicksteps, and comic songs.
1764, American English, usually described as of African origin, probably akin to Bantu mbanza, an instrument resembling a banjo. The word has been influenced by colloquial pronunciation of bandore (1560s in English), a 16c. stringed instrument like a lute and an ancestor (musically and linguistically) of mandolin; from Portuguese bandurra, from Latin pandura, from Greek pandoura "three-stringed instrument." The origin and influence might be the reverse of what is here described.