LA CROSSE - In less than two days, more than one-million people watched the "Grandma Drummer" on YouTube.
And the identity of the viral sensation is no longer a mystery.
Heather Burian caught up with the internet sensation in La Crosse to discuss her new-found fame.
Her identity...no longer a mystery.
Mary Hvizda is a YouTube viral hit.
Her rendition of Wipe Out---a knock out.
At 63, the La Crosse native scored hundreds of thousand of internet views.
When asked about it, "No, I didn't know", said Hvizda.
She just knew there was Coalition Drum Shop---and when she walked through the doors a year and a half ago, they let her play.
Her first performance in a decade.
"I was like wow, you know, drumsticks again. It's been a while. I wonder if I still know how to use 'em. And I'm hoping I'm ok with 'em 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", said Hvizda.
Mary now stops in every few months.
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", said Hvizda.
But Mary did play in several bands in the Coulee Region.
Spanning from Rock to Country Western.
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.
"She's excited about it. She wished it would have been 20 years ago I think she said but you know, better late than never", said Carl Johnson, owner, Coalition Drum Shop.
"Coalition drum shop would like to give you a drum set", said Johnson.
"Are you kidding me", said Hvizda.
"We're gonna come set one up in your apartment next week", said Johnson.
Coalition owner Carl Johnson, giving Mary an electric drum set so she can practice.
"There's just something about music that brings me up," said Hvidza.
But to play on one of these, she'll be back at Coalition, showing off that now famous drumstick twirl.
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