Skip to main content

'Grandma Drummer' gets invites from TV talkers Letterman, DeGeneres, Harvey

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Ever since she was revealed as the "Grandma Drummer" on a viral video shot at a Lacross, Wis., drum shop, Mary Hvizda has been talking non-stop -- and now, the national TV talk shows have come calling, the Pioneer Press reports.

Hvizda says she has received offers from TV hosts David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey, but for now, she's making them wait. For one, she's never flown on an airplane, and she doesn't appear ready to start.

"I'm debating on what I want to do," Hvizda told the Pioneer Press music writer Ross Raihala. "I'm not a traveler. I have so many people coming at me at once, my head is dizzy."

The other thing is, the 63-year-old Hvizda wants to get some rest.

"All I've been doing is talk, talk, talk. And when I'm ready to stop, there's more calls," she says. "I want to take a nap and not talk to anybody for a while."

To date, the video has received more than 3.6 million hits on YouTube.

Hvizda, who began playing the drums at 16 and was in a marching band and a drum corps in her youth, played with a variety of La Crosse bands as an adult. She quit playing drums in 1990 and sold her drum set to make ends meet.

But thanks to the Coalition Drum Shop, who posted the video, Hvizda has a kit once again. The shop has given her a new electronic drum kit, along with some headphones so she won't bother the neighbors.

See the viral video of Hvizda playing below.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 10.38.41 PM

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem dead at 68

His office announced he had passed away 'unexpectedly' Friday.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Chris Finch

Suns get hot, Timberwolves fall in Phoenix

A scorching performance in the fourth quarter sent the Wolves to a loss in the desert.

Mats Zuccarello

Zuccarello helps Wild spoil Lundqvist's retirement party

After Henrik Lundqvist's jersey was hung to the rafters, Zuccarello led a 3-2 win.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 5.04.00 PM

David Arquette gives shoutout to MN's F1rst Wrestling on James Corden show

The Hollywood actor wrestled at at a F1rst Wrestling show at First Avenue in early 2019.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

6 charged in Black Friday mass thefts at Twin Cities Best Buys

The group stole from three Best Buy stores that afternoon, the charges say.

Nicollet County Bell Jan 2022 4

Thieves steal large bell from rural MN church, don't get far with it

The bell was found in a ditch with tow ropes around it.


COVID: More help coming to Minnesota hospitals, Walz says

More than 200 medical professionals are coming to help at short-staffed hospitals.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Suspect arrested after falling asleep in vehicle at rest stop

The man was sleeping in a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of an I-94 rest area.

DOminos pizza flickr mr blue maumau

Charges: Edina man threatened to shoot up Domino's Pizza

He claimed a delivery driver had flipped him off, the charges say.

carvana vending machine

Carvana seeking to build vehicle vending machine in Twin Cities

The online car dealership submitted a letter of intent to buy land in the metro to build a fulfillment center.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Coller: New Vikings GM Adofo-Mensah needs to be ruthless

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah needs to make some big, difficult decisions, writes Matthew Coller.

Patrick Graham

Report: Vikings to interview Giants' Patrick Graham for head coach

Graham coached with the Patriots under Bill Belichick for six years.