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HLAG Weekly Contest Schedule, Sponsors & Judges Announced.

Hit Like A Girl has announced that teams of executives and celebrity drummers representing the world’s leading drum and percussion companies will judge six weekly “mini- contests” during the 2017 Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers. Week 1 (February 1-7) – Yamaha: Prudence Elliott and Terri Lyne Carrington Week 2 (February 8-14) – Sabian: Stacey Montgomery-Clark, Katie Bursey and Elie Bertrand Week 3 (February 15-21) Zildjian: Craigie Zildjian, Sarah Hagen and Emily Dolan-Davies Week 4 (February 22-28) – Roland: Jordan West and Chastity Ashley Week 5 (March 1-7) – DW/LP: Elizabeth Lang, Terri Tlatelpa and Special Guest Judge To Be Announced. Week 6 (March 8-14) –Mapex and Evans/Promark: Judges To Be Announced Each week of the contest, one winner in the under and over 18 age ...

Joe Hibbs Special Award To Recognize The Hardest Working Drummer.

Sponsored by The Sessions, one $500 grant recipient will be chosen based on dedication, determination, perseverance and hard work. Hit Like A Girl and The Sessions have jointly announced the establishment of the “Joe Hibbs Award”. Created in honor of one of the hardest-working people in the drum business, the $500 grant will be given to the Hit Like A Girl contest participant who demonstrates the highest levels of dedication, ambition, persistence and integrity— the values that made the late Joe Hibbs such a positive influence on the drumming community and so respected by the people he worked with. “This award is for the hardest-working, most determined player,” explains The Sessions founder, Jules Follett. “Someone who has shown exceptional dedication in the face of extraordinary challeng...

Meet The Team Of Exceptional Women Responsible For HLAG.

The 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest is honored to work with a talented, all-star, all-female team of web design, social marketing, education and artist relations specialists. Supporting “The Rise of Rhythm” are Sarah and Stephanie Snyder, Keylee Fletcher, Hayley Brownell and Louise King Sarah and Stephanie, who run Flying Ace Media and front Deer Park Avenue, are responsible for creating and maintaining the new www.hitlikeagirlcontest website while Keylee (also a drummer) runs her own digital marketing company out of Austin, TX and has worked with Pearl Drums, PAS and others. Up-and-coming, LA-based drummer/musician/composer Hayley Brownell joins former Rhythm magazine editor Louise King to coordinate the preliminary and celebrity/final judging phases of the contest as well as our...

Ludwig Drums and WGI Support Hit Like A Girl.

Hit Like A Girl adds Ludwig Drums as a 2017 Sponsor and announces a new alliance with Winterguard International. HLAG Marching Percussion Champion invited to perform at 2017 WGI World Championships. Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce that Ludwig Drums has signed on as a new sponsor of the 2017 global contest for female drummers. Ludwig will be contributing drumsets as prizes for the winners of the under and over 18 divisions of the competition as well as a Ludwig Ultimate marching snare drum for the champion of the new HLAG Marching Percussion category. “With top drummers like Sarah Tomek (Steven Tyler), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Jordan West (independent) and others endorsing Ludwig drums— and so many female concert and marching drummers playing Ludwig, too— we wanted to show our su...

DW, Sweetwater, and Roland Join Hit Like A Girl

DW, KHS, Sweetwater And Roland Join the Industry’s Top Drum Manufacturers and Media as Hit Like A Girl Announces the Sponsors Of The 2017 Female Drumming Competition With the 2017 Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers ready to open for entries on February 1, 2017, organizers have announced an exciting, world-class line-up of sponsors that are contributing prizes as well as support this year, including many of the world’s top drum manufacturing and media companies. Among this year’s new sponsors are Roland, Sweetwater, LP, Craviotto, TKL and Direct Sound. Returning for 2017 are popular brands such as DW/PDP, Evans/Promark, KHS (Mapex/Sonor/NFUZD), Sabian, Zildjian/Firth, Yamaha, Audix, Cympad, Dark Horse, Innovative, School Of Rock, TRX and Vater. “We are inspired by the Hit Li...

The Rise of Rhythm

Hit Like A Girl Details, Dates and Updates for the 2017 International Drumming Competition Get Ready World. The 6th Annual 2017 Hit Like A Girl international contest for female drummers is just weeks away and female drummers of all ages and abilities from around the world are invited to join the celebration. In preparation for the start of the event, its organizers have announced the contest schedule along with several changes that are intended to increase participation and upgrade the benefits for all participants. The 2017 contest opens for entries on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Entries close on Monday, March 13. This year the contest is being expanded to include separate categories for Drum set, World Percussion, Marching Percussion and Concert Percussion. To enter, participants merely...

Hit Like A Girl Taps Lola Blu for Fresh Look

World-Renowned Visual Artist Lola Blu— Along With New Web-Designers, Social Media Director And Contest Coordinators Create A New Look For The 2017 Hit Like A Girl Female Drumming Contest The Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers is proud to announce that legendary visual artist Lola Blu (www.lolablustudios.com)  is commissioned to create a new portfolio of designs that will be used to support and promote the upcoming, international drumming program. A drummer and drum-enthusiast herself, Lola designed the iconic drumset for Roots’ drummer Questlove seen on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” as well as custom bass drum heads for top drummers such as Thomas Pridgen (The Memorials), Aaron Spears (Lady Gaga), Gerald Heyward (Chris Brown) and many more. Lola Blu visual art has ...

Hit Like A Girl Names Kimberly Thompson 2017 Spokesperson

Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce that world-renowned drummer Kimberly Thompson has been selected as the spokesperson for the 2017 international drumming contest. In this role, Miss Thompson will be a representative, role model and advocate for the worldwide community of female drummers and percussionists. Previous HLAG spokespersons have included Didi Negron, Anika Nilles, and Hannah Welton. “I’m honored to be chosen as this year’s Hit Like A Girl spokesperson,” Kimberly says. “It’s so great— especially for young girls to know that they’re not alone and that the drumming community supports them. I wish the program had been around when I was getting started.” “We’re so gratified to have Kim represent the contest,” says HLAG co-founder Phil Hood. “She is a rare ta...

Pre-Production For 2017 Starts Up

As The 2016 Hit Like A Girl Contest Wraps Up, Pre-Production for 2017 Starts Up. Watch the complete 2016 Hit Like A Girl Awards Show at www.drumchannel.com. With hundreds of entries from more than 40 countries, the support of today’s top male and female drum artists, contributions from leading drum companies and 9.5 million ad impressions globally, the just concluded Hit Like A Girl contest for female drummers is being acclaimed as the biggest and most successful yet. Documentation of the impact of the 5th annual edition of the public awareness/market development project is included in the 2016 HLAG Wrap-Up Report (attached and available for download at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/2016-wrap-up). Along with acknowledging the incredible talent and generosity of the individuals and companies ...

2016 Winners Announced

Winners Of The 2016 Hit Like A Girl Drumming Contest Announced. The producers of the 2016 Hit Like A Girl contest are proud to announce the winners of the fifth annual international drum competition for female drummers. This official awards were presented during a 90-minute live show that was webcast on www.drumchannel.com. This year’s Champions, Runners-Up, and Achievement Awards recipients are: OVER 18 Champion: Helen De La Rosa – USA 1st Runner-Up: Theresa Stark – Germany 2nd Runner-Up: Bianca Richardson – USA UNDER 18 Champion: Becca Webster – USA 1st Runner-Up: Natalia Krzakala – Poland 2nd Runner-Up: Molly Rose – USA ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS PASIC Performance Session: Helen De La Rosa – USA Musician’s Institute “Summer Shot” Scholarship: Faith Benson ...

The Votes Are In

Hit Like A Girl Contest Winners Announced Live April 13, 2016 Webcast to air Wednesday April 13 at 4:00 PM PDT on DrumChannel.com After nearly two weeks of scoring the 46 finalists, the 2016 champions have been chosen by the Hit Like A Girl celebrity drumming crew (below). The winners will be announced at the 5th Annual Hit Like A Girl Contest awards show scheduled to air live Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM Pacific time on DrumChannel.com. This year’s event features outstanding guests and performances from Kimberly Thompson, past winners Valeria Sepulveda, Reisha Fayson, and Lindsay Artkop and more. Join guest hosts including Mona Tavakoli of Raining Jane, past contestant Jordan West and others on a special one-hour webcast. (Top row, left to right) Yissy Garcia, Senri Kawaguch...

Hit Like A Girl Awards Show

Hit Like A Girl Awards Show To Feature Past and Future Champions, Kimberly Thompson, The 2016 Contest Winners And More. Live webcast on DrumChannel.com scheduled for 4:00 PM PT, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. A star-studded cast of of the world’s top drummers and drum industry executives the world will appear — and the winners of the 5th annual Hit Like A Girl Contest will be announced — during the Hit Like A Girl Contest awards show. The event will be webcast live exclusively on drumchannel.com on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM Pacific time. Along with crowning the 2016 Champions and Runners-Up in the under and over 18 divisions of the international drumming competition, the event will feature performances by Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Riesha Fayson (2014 HLAG Champ) and Melanie ...

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