VIDEO: 'Grandma Drummer' Says She Loves To Play | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

VIDEO: 'Grandma Drummer' Says She Loves To Play

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 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," Hvizda said. 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."

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
NPR

Coca-Cola Wades Into Milk Business With 'Fairlife'

The milk is now for sale in a limited number of stores — including the Coborn's in Belle Plaine, Minn. Ari Shairo talks with Coborn's dairy manager, Steven Thueringer.
WAMU 88.5

Forthcoming MoCo Legislation Targets Smoking, Alcohol, Pinball

The start of Maryland's General Assembly session is a little less than two months away, but state lawmakers are already crafting bills that propose certain alcohol and tobacco regulations. And pinball.
NPR

In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

Wilson's descriptions of Michael Brown reminded some people of negative depictions of African-Americans in history. Recent studies suggest these perceptions have deeper psychological roots.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.