At the age of 15, Mary Hvizda was inspired by her brother to pick up a pair of sticks. Recalls Mary: "He was a drummer and I thought I'd really love to play and drum, and that was my chance."
Mary Hvizda joined the Chantells later that year. They were the first all-girl rock band in La Crosse - pioneers in a male-dominated industry.
During the next 25 years, Mary Hvizda played in nearly a dozen bands, both in rock and country western.
Then, in about 1990, the band On the Road Again broke up. It would be the last group she'd play with.
Soon after, Mary Hvizda sold her last drum set, but she never really lost her love for playing: "I still kind of like to go to the music store and play a drum set, and then that's it. My music urge has been satisfied."
In July 2013, at the age of 63, Mary's music urge caught the eyes and ears of more than two and a half million people across world via YouTube, making her an instant internet sensation, after she was filmed drumming at Coalition Drum Shop in La Crosse.