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Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra


The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is quickly becoming one of the leading ragtime ensembles in the United States. Formed by Andrew Greene at the University of Maryland in early 2010, the PRSO plays ragtime, theatre, and dance music using Mr. Greene’s collection of over 2,000 original orchestral arrangements from the ‘Ragtime’ Era. Recent engagements include concerts for the re-opening of the Levoy Theatre in Millville, NJ, the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, the Bradford County Regional Arts Council’s Sayre Theatre, the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD, the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival in Orbisonia, PA, the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theatre in Lumberton, NC, and a return performance at the Levoy Theatre celebrating the anniversary of their re-opening. PRSO’s concert programs highly 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 silent films, particularly those of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd.  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), among others.  The PRSO records for Rivermont Records (, whose first CD release That Teasin’ Rag: Vintage American Arrangements from the Ragtime Era has been called “a first rate recording”, and “one of the most satisfying ragtime orchestra collections available.”  The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra has been heard on radio programs such as Hot Jazz Saturday Night (WAMU 88.5), Ragtime America (KGNU 88.5), WXGN Radio, and on podcasts such as Radiola.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/29/2015: Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra: Harold Lloyd

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra presents a night of ragtime orchestra accompaniment with two screenings of classic Harold Lloyd silent films. Get Out and Get Under (1920) is based off a 1913 popular song. The film features Harold’s misadventures with his car, a Ford model T. Never Weaken (1921) is the third of his “thrill” comedies, where a series of events leave Harold stranded on top of an uncompleted skyscraper.

Video 8/24/2014: Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

The ragtime ensemble performs a concert of favorites and underscores Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy classic One A.M. using the original period orchestra scores.

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra