This exemplary American group helped to preserve the Ragtime and Traditional Jazz genre. They hosted the internationally famous Goldenrod Showboat Ragtime Festivals on a restored showboat moored to the St. Louis Levee for decades. Each of the band members was a musicologist as well as musician which allowed them to present entertaining histories for each song. Some of the legendary African American performers attended and performed the Festivals providing inspiration for all the modern performers. Trebor Tichenor, founding member of the group (piano) had a nationally syndicated public radio show called "Ragophile." The group has performed often at the Scott Joplin residence Museum in St. Louis. The group started as a trio, but soon added one of the greatest cornet players of the 20th Century, Bill Mason. Over the years, they have sometimes addedl clarinet players, a drummer or two and a reserve tuba player. They were often joined by St. Louis singer and piano legend, Jean Kittrell. But, the basic 4 man configuration with Trebor, Don, Al & Bill has survived as the defining ensemble. They gave a series of performances at the Sheldon Concert Hall to their aging but loyal fans in St. Louis, commemorating their more than 50 years as a group.