Energy in every movement.
Without a drumbeat, not a single band sounds in full force. This cheerful lady continues to set the pace, drumming on all cylinders and its more than a hundred years.
The first female drummer that rocks the world the fastest rhythms, continues to enjoy life, surpassing the century mark. Find out the secret of longevity and good mood to ladies shock, from our material.
At the beginning of the musical career of viola Smith became known all over America as the fastest drummer. She had encountered numerous difficulties that were waiting at that time of female musicians, but always remained in rhythm. Surpassing the century mark, this active grandma on the drums now.
Mrs. Smith was born 29 Nov 1912 in mount Calvary, Wisconsin. She was the eighth of nine children in the family. The girls love for music started since childhood. Her parents were leaders of the dance hall, so viola along with brothers and sisters from a young age and played musical instruments.
When viola was 12, her father took her and younger sisters in a musical tour. His group was called “Family band sisters Schmitz” (the Schmitz Sisters Orchestra Family). Later the name was shortened, the team became known as the “Sisters Schmitz”. The musical group loved by the Americans and competed in popularity with well-known in those years, “the Andrews Sisters”.
Why girl sat behind a drum kit? It’s simple: she was the sixth daughter in the family, so father and put her behind the installation.
In the 1930-ies of viola Smith and her sister Mildred has created its own women’s group “Coquette” (the Coquettes). Since that time, she became known throughout the country as a drummer.
In 1940, her picture graced the cover of Billboard magazine. At that time, the viola faced a misunderstanding and contemptuous attitude of society towards female musicians.
During the Second World war, viola wrote an article about the role of women in the music world. This publication caused a lot of noise and controversy in American society.
“At a time when the country is in emergency, many well-known musicians and instrumentalists of the renowned groups went to war. Why instead replace them with mediocre talent, not to take their place wonderful female musicians?” – addressed to the readers of the drummer.
Since the 1940s, Mrs. Smith actively played and taught music, art, other. She was often heard on radio, she has appeared in famous films, drumming at the inauguration of President Truman and tapped out the rhythm for “Cabaret” (Cabaret) on Broadway.
Only a few years ago viola retired from teaching but still plays the drums and acts. Speaking about the secrets of his long and active life, she names three things that came to her in the habit of drumming, two glasses of wine a day and reading books.
The soul of the musician plays as long as the body is capable of using a musical instrument to transmit its sounds. If Mrs. Smith still has a gunpowder in powder flasks, why sit back? Much better to continue to beat the rhythm on your favorite reels. After all, we are alive until we are interested and have something to be in this world.