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'Drumming Grandma' surprises shop with amazing drum solo

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   July 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM   |   Comments

July 22 (UPI) -- Does your grandma have this much swag?

A YouTube video of an elderly woman rocking out on the drums at a shop in La Crosse, Wisc., went viral over the weekend, garnering more than 2.5 million hits since The Coalition Drum Shop posted it last Thursday.

Wearing washed-out jeans and a pale pink t-shirt, she shows of some killer stick skills on "Wipe-out," the famous drum solo first performed by The Surfari's Ron Wilson back in the 60s.

"We have no idea where this lady came from, what her name is, or where she went but she rocked our faces off!" shop management said when the video was first posted.

WKBT has identified the mysterious "Grandma Drummer" as 63-year-old Mary Hvizda, an Onalaska, Wisc., resident, who first picked up a pair of drumsticks at the age of 15.

Once a member of La Crosse's first all-girl rock band, The Chantells, Hvidzda told WKBT that she sold her last drums set in the 1990s, when she could no longer find a band to play with.

“I still kind of like to go to the music store and play a drum set, and then that's it,” she said. “My music urge has been satisfied.”

Hvizda added that the video's title is misleading -- she's not actually a grandma.

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

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