Mincer Orchard, Hamburg
Marty Mincer is the owner of Mincer Orchard, which is known for high-quality Iowa apples and apple cider, strawberries, and the occasional cherry. The orchard has been in the Mincer family since 1914, and is a southwest Iowa staple. Marty also grows various varieties of industrial use beans on his farm, although the apples are clearly his passion. Mincer Orchard is located near the very southwest corner of Iowa just north of Hamburg, across the border from Hot Dog, Missouri (or nearby St. Joseph), and very near Mustard, Nebraska (or Nebraska City.
Mincer, a third-generation Mincer born in Hamburg, splits his time running the family orchard and performing ragtime music. Mincer, whose first piano teacher was his grandmother, combines styles of classic ragtime, early country, bluegrass and folk music, along with more than a bit of down-home humor. His style has an old-time charm not often found among artists that are "high-tech" or virtuoso entertaining with ragtime piano since 1991.
Marty has recorded four albums, one CD, and he has published his own ragtime composition, “The Mechanic's Rag.” He has played throughout the country for civic groups, riverboat and ocean cruises, festivals, dinner theaters, etc. and has won or placed in a number of competitions. Marty won the "World Championship of Old Time Piano Playing Contest" in 1990 and 1993. He has also appeared frequently in Sedalia at the annual Scott Joplin Festival, including several venues and concerts each year since the 2004 event. He has also performed at the Kansas City Ragtime Revelry's annual concert in Kansas City.
Contact: Marty Mincer, firstname.lastname@example.org 712/382-1014, http://roster.iowaartscouncil.org/portfolio.cfm?id=266, http://ragpiano.com/mincer/mincorch.shtml