I am Andrew Greene, the youngest professional ragtime orchestra leader in the United States, AMA!
I am Andrew Greene, 23, founder and director of the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, based in Annapolis, MD: www.peacherineragtime.com
PRSO was founded originally as the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra in February of 2010, while I was an 18 year old Freshman at the University of Maryland (updating our name this past year). We play ragtime, theatre, and dance music off the original period orchestra scores, and underscore silent movies with live music and sound effects.
PRSO has been called "the premier American ragtime ensemble" by the Washington Post, and "one of the best ragtime orchestra's you'll hear" by Hot Jazz Saturday Night, WAMU 88.5 Washington DC. We've been invited to play at venues ranging from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, to historic theatres and performing arts centers up and down the East Coast.
PRSO and I are in the final stages of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for our second CD: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/peacherineragtime/peacherine-orchestra-cd-the-music-of-mel-b-kaufman
With Peacherine I've collected over 7,000 historic musical scores, I've been invited to guest conduct the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra at age 22, worked for the Smithsonian Institution as a Jazz Music Researcher, and have given lectures on ragtime music and composers across the United States. AMA!
EDIT: Obligatory Front Page Mention! You guys ROCK! If you want more info on the orchestra or what I'm up to, Like PRSO on Facebook www.facebook.com/peacherineragtime and on Twitter www.twitter.com/peacherineorch
EDIT #2: Thanks so much for a great time everyone! I had a blast taking everyone's questions! I hope you'll check out my orchestra's website, www.peacherineragtime.com, sign up for Peacherine's email list if you want to hear more about events with Peacherine and I, and check out our Facebook/Twitter pages! And please check out our Kickstarter page and consider donating if you're able. Thanks again! - Andrew