Popular Concertina Player Dies 08 May 12

One of the most popular concertina players to come out of the City of New Ulm passed away on Friday.

Elmer Scheid died in St. Paul at the age of 90.

Scheid began playing the concertina when he was only 8-years-old, and performed his first professional dance job at age 13 with the John Fritsche Band.

He played with the Six Fat Dutchmen and the Babe Wagner Band as well before forming his own band in 1951. Scheid produced 15 albums over the years, and was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 1995.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Elmer Scheid will take place at 10:30am this Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm, with a public visitation taking place one hour prior to the service at the church.