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UPDATED: Grandma Drummer returns to star in Pizza Hut Super Bowl ad

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The Grandma Drummer is back as the star of a new commercial airing during the Super Bowl.

Mary Hvizda, of Onalaska, is featured in a commercial for Pizza Hut.

The commercial begins with a clip of the viral YouTube video. Hvizda is behind the drums while the announcer says, "Mary, you march to the beat of a different drummer. In fact, you are that drummer." 

Then the commercial the pitches Pizza Hut's new hand-tossed pizza.

Hvizda first became a viral hit after Coalition Drum Shop Manager Dustin Hackworth recorded her playing the drums last July.

She would come into the store every so often and impress employees and customers with her skill.

"We were blown away. I've never seen someone at that age play at that level." Hackworth said last July when the video of Mary first appeared online. 

Of the Super Bowl ad, Hackworth said it's Hvizda's raw talent that appeals to a mass audience.

"I think that's what appeals to many people," Hackworth said. "The fact that it wasn't forced. It was us catching talent as it was fleeting away, you know what I mean? So that to me is really cool. We weren't trying to make something. And it turned out to be something."

Hackworth said he believes Pizza Hut eyed the "Grandma Drummer" video for a while. Once they got permission to use it, the ad was immediately posted online.

In the several months since the original YouTube video of Hvizda playing drums went online, it's received more than 5.1 million views.

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