I read this story this week about this amazing woman. Viola Smith has been called the counterpart of Gene Krupa. I know that you are going to enjoy getting to know Viola and I have embedded a video of her playing those drums for your enjoyment. As Viola says:
‘Never lose your groove!’
Viola Smith turns 101 this month. As the oldest member of Local 802, she has an important lesson to teach all of us: never lose your groove!
We have a living legend in our ranks. At 100 years old, Viola Smith – who was one of the first professional female drummers and was called the female Gene Krupa – is probably the oldest active member of Local 802. (In fact, she turns 101 this month, on Nov. 29.) She first joined Local 802 in 1942.
She was born Viola Schmitz in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, where her father…