Land of 10,000 Stories: 7-year-old drummer is polka phenom

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  • ANDOVER, Minn. -- Christopher Ebel's parents met at a polka dance. His mom's parents have their own polka band. His dad's parents ran a polka ballroom.

    Maybe what's become of Christopher was inevitable. At seven years old, he's playing the drums in a polka band.

    "The polka music's flowing through our veins here," says Craig Ebel, Christopher's dad.

    "Yes it is," affirms his son.

    The elder Ebel hosts a polka radio show syndicated on nearly two dozen radio stations. Craig and his wife Lori also have their own polka band, DyVersaCo, in which Christopher is a featured performer.

    "I didn't really give him any lessons or anything," says Craig about his son's early drumming at the age of four. Christopher picked up much of what he's learned by watching other drummers and what his father calls "goofing around."

    The band employs another drummer who keeps beat when Christopher moves to the front of the stage, mimicking his parents on concertina or fiddle - and endearing himself to the audience with his smile.

    "You can just see how Christopher light up when he plays; it's in him," says his mom.

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