Biography

The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as hailed by the Washington Post, and is rapidly becoming the leading professional ragtime orchestra in the United States. Formed by young virtuoso Andrew Greene at the University of Maryland in 2010, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra recreates the syncopated stylings of a bygone era – Ragtime, Theater, and Dance music, along with underscoring classic silent films using an immense archive of over 15,000 original orchestral scores.

The PRSO has repeatedly appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, The American Film Institute, historic theaters, state-of-the-art performing arts centers, colleges, universities, and concert associations across the United States. The PRSO’s work has been featured in documentaries, online video, and is frequently heard on radio and podcast programs, including Hot Jazz Saturday Night (WAMU 88.5, Washington, DC), Ragtime America (KGNU 88.5, Boulder, CO), and Rapidly Rotating Records (KISL 88.7, Catalina Island, CA).

PRSO’s concert programs highlight the music of the late 1800s and early 1900s, with selections by composers such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, W.C. Handy, Victor Herbert, George M. Cohan, and of course, the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. Marches, two steps, waltzes, one steps, theatre selections, classical parodies, popular songs, and of course, rags, are just some of the many selections you’ll hear in their concerts.

In addition to their concert programs, Mr. Greene and the PRSO underscore classic silent films featuring the biggest names of the day: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy, Douglas Fairbanks, and others. Mr. Greene also has the distinction of rebuilding the original compiled scores for Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL (1927), COLLEGE (1927), and Charlie Chaplin’s SHOULDER ARMS (1918), and others from the PRSO’s collection of over 500 original film scores.

The PRSO records for Rivermont Records (www.rivermontrecords.com), whose four albums, Jazzin’ The Blues Away, Elite SyncopationsStep With Pep and That Teasin’ Rag have been called “first class”, “wonderful, toe tapping fun”, and “the most satisfying ragtime orchestra collections available.”

PRSO’s Founder and Conductor, Andrew Greene

Conductor Andrew Greene is the leading young authority on orchestral ragtime and silent film accompaniment in the United States. Mr. Greene founded the PRSO while a freshman at the University of Maryland, hoping to draw attention to this neglected but historically important music.

He is the curator of the Johnny Maddox, Eastman Theatre, Regent Theatre, Arthur O. Newberry, Fred G. Bauer, Arthur C. Ziegler, E.J. McBride, Katherine Lingham, Louis H. Burns, Palm Leaf Ragtime Orchestra, and Silver Cornet Ragtime Orchestra collections, along with his own personal collection of of orchestrated ragtime, silent movie music, theater and dance selections, piano solos, and records. The collection totals over 15,000 selections of music from 1862 to 1930.

Mr. Greene has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress,  and The American Film Institute, among others. His lecturing and performance activities have taken him across the United States, including engagements with the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The Fremont Symphony Orchestra, the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, The West Coast Ragtime Festival, the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival, and many others.

Mr. Greene resides in the greater Annapolis, MD area. His personal website is www.greeneragtime.com. Mr. Greene and the PRSO are available for:

  • Live Performances
  • Recording Projects
  • Research Projects
  • Lecture/Demonstrations

Mr. Greene is also available for conducting engagements and piano concerts. Email us at info@peacherineragtime.com, call us at 443-694-4116 or use the form on our “Contact Us”
page for more information.

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Upcoming Events
December 14, 2019 – Batavia, IL – 8:00 PM

Christmas at the Silent Movies! Holiday program for Fermilab’s Arts and Lecture Series. At the Ramsey Auditorium, Wilson Building, Kirk Road & Pine Street, Batavia, IL. For tickets and more info, visit: http://events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series/ or call 630-840-2787

December 15, 2019 – Stoughton, WI – 3:00 PM

Christmas at the Silent Movies! Holiday program at the Historic Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI. For tickets and more info, visit: http://www.stoughtonoperahouse.com/ or call 608-877-4400.

January 19, 2020 – Catonsville, MD – 3:00 PM

Masters of Silent Comedy! Silent film program for Catonsville Concerts at 3. At Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD. For tickets/more information, visit: https://catonsvilleconcerts.org or call 410-747-6180.

January 24, 2020 – Sumter, SC – 7:30 PM

The Ragtime Masters, featuring Buster Keaton’s ONE WEEK! Concert and silent film program for the historic Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main Street, Sumter, SC. For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.sumtersc.gov/operahouse or call (803) 436-2616.

January 25, 2020 – Kill Devil Hills, NC – 7:30 PM

The Ragtime Masters, featuring Buster Keaton’s ONE WEEK! Concert and silent film program for the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. At First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC. For tickets and more information, visit: http://www.outerbanksforum.org or call (252) 256-9361.

February 6, 2020 – Morganton, NC – 7:30 PM

The Ragtime Masters, featuring Buster Keaton’s ONE WEEK! Concert and silent film program for the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium, 401 S. College Street, Morganton, NC. For tickets and more information, visit: https://commaonline.org/ or call (828) 433-SHOW.

Peacherine Orchestra Store
Stayin' Alive / Take On Me Vinyl 45 (NEW)!

PRSO's brand new covers of two modern songs in the ragtime style. Comes with digital download code. $10 USD plus shipping.


Jazzin' The Blues Away (NEW)!

Music from the Johnny Maddox Collection (BSW-2251). Includes the Pine Apple Rag, The Aba Daba Honeymoon, music selections by James Scott, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and more! $20 USD

Knockout Drops and That International Rag - 78 RPM Vinyl

PRSO's first Vinyl 78. (BSW-595) $20 USD

Step With Pep CD

The Ragtime and Dance Music of Mel B. Kaufman (BSW-2234). PRSO's second CD featuring music by the "King of the One Step." $20 USD.

Elite Syncopations CD

Favorites from the Ragtime Era (BSW-2242). PRSO's third CD featuring a variety of ragtime favorites, including The Entertainer, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and more! $20 USD.