Web Exclusive: "Grandma Drummer" goes viral on YouTube

Web Exclusive

(CNN/WXOW) - In less than two days, more than one-million people watched a YouTube video titled "Grandma Drummer."  It featured a presumptive grandma banging out a perfect rendition of "Wipeout" on the drums. 
Her identity is no longer a mystery.  Mary Hvizda is a viral YouTube hit.  Her rendition of Wipeout -- a knock out.  At 63, The La Crosse, Wisconsin native scored hundreds of thousands of internet views. When asked about it, "No. I didn't know," said Mary.  

Hvizda just knew there was Coalition Drum Shop. When she walked through their doors a year and a half ago, they let her play the drums. It was her first performance in a decade.

"I was like, ‘Wow, drumsticks again. It's been a while. I wonder if I still know how to use them,'" Hvizda said. "And I'm hoping I'm OK with them. But regardless of whether I'm good or not or as good as I used to be, it's just neat to be able to do it again."

Hvizda now stops into Coalition every few months to play. Saturday, she gave an encore performance.

"Yeah, I have wanted it, but I never pursued it because I never thought I was ever good enough to get it, and because so many people tried, but never succeed," she said.

Hvizda did play in several bands-- rock and country western styles.

She even gained a little fame playing for the Chantelles – one of La Crosse's first all-female rock bands.

Saturday she got another taste when people stopped to take pictures with her, or honked their horns and waved.

"She's excited about it. She wished it would have been 20 years ago, I think she said, but better late than never," said Coalition owner Carl Johnson.

Coalition owner Carl Johnson gave Hvizda an electric drum set for her apartment to practice on.

"There's just something about music that brings me up," Hvizda said.

But to play on a full set, Hvizda will have to go back to Coalition to show off her now famous drumstick twirl.


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