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VIDEO: 'Grandma Drummer' Says She Loves To Play

NPR | July 22, 2013 5:52 a.m.

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Mark Memmott

"Grandma Drummer" — Mary Hvizda — in action.

"Grandma Drummer" — Mary Hvizda — in action.

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We can’t start the new week without posting more video of the “grandma drummer” who captured so much attention on Friday.

As we said in an update on Saturday, the mystery woman who became a YouTube hit thanks to video of her rocking out at a La Cross, Wis., drum shop has been ID’d as Mary Hvizda, 63, of Onalaska, Wis.

Now, she’s told local WKBT-TV about how she began drumming at the age of 15 and played in bands around Wisconsin until she was about 40.

“It was like every weekend and sometimes it was like five nights a week, and all kind of locally you know, but I loved it,” said Hvizda. But after her last band — On The Road Again — broke up in 1990, “I couldn’t find no other bands to play with, and then I did quit.”

So she also sold her drum set, which explains why she had to do some showroom drumming when the bug to bang those skins hit her again.

Hvizda says she doesn’t own a computer and wasn’t aware of YouTube until she became a star on it.

Oh, and she’s not a grandmother:

“I can’t get used to being called Grandma,” she tells WKBT. “I’ve never had children of my own and I never got married, but I am 63 and that is certainly grandma’s age.”

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