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Showcases At GearFest, PASIC and WGI Featured As HLAG 2017 “Special Awards”

Performance Showcases At Sweetwater GearFest, PASIC and WinterGuard Championships Are Among The “Special Awards” for 2017 Hit Like A Girl Participants. Additional Prizes Include Scholarships, Grants And Passes To International Drum Festivals. In addition to competing for $20,000 in gear from the world’s leading drum and percussion companies, this year’s Hit Like A Girl contest participants will also have a chance to win a number of “Special Awards” provided by HLAG’s educational and media sponsors. These awards include performances, scholarships, grants and passes to attend drum festivals in the US and Europe. “Our mission is two-fold: support female drummers and encourage more women and girls to play,” says HLAG co-founder Phil Hood. “One way we can achieve both parts of that goal is to i...

HLAG 2017 Judges Announced!

The Hit Like A Girl Contest Announces Complete List Of Judges For 2017 Drumming Contest. Top Professionals, Industry Executives and Educators to provide feedback, scores and support. Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce the full list of world-class preliminary, weekly and final judges for the 2017 female drumming contest. According to HLAG Artist Relations Director Louise King, in addition to this year’s celebrity spokesperson Kimberly Thompson, the all-star roster of judges for the drumset categories features the top U.S. drummers as well as international players from countries such as France, Germany, Great Britain, Cuba and Japan. In addition to these leading professionals, 2016 HLAG Champions Helen De La Rosa and Becca Webster will serve as 2017 judges along with several exceptional, u...

New Date For HLAG Awards Event: Online Voting Begins March 27, 2017

The Hit Like A Girl Contest has announced that online voting has been pushed back by a week due to the change in date for the 2017 Hit Like A Girls Awards Show. During the online voting period from March 27 to April 9, 2017, fans across the world will be able to vote for the performer of their choice to become the Popular Winner of the contest. Additional winners will be chosen by celebrity judges and teachers in a variety of categories (see contest rules). The contest awards show will take place on April 18 on Drum Channel at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time. Guest hosts, judges, and artists will be on hand to view the finalist videos and announce winners in drum set, hand drum, concert, marching, and special categories. A Flurry Of Last Minute Entries Contest entries are closing. However,...

HLAG 2017 Prizes & Awards Announced

Scholarships, Performance Opportunities, Special Awards And Over $20,000 In Drum Gear  Will Be Awarded In the 2017 Hit Like A Girl Global Contest For Female Drummers. All contestants will receive a certificate, lesson coupon and the PowerPack 3 Digital Goody Bag. From complete acoustic and electronic drumsets, snare drums, cymbals, sticks, heads and accessories to showcases at major festivals and scholarships to summer music camps, this year’s Hit Like A Girl contest offers participating drummers the highest value and widest variety of prizes in the history of the program. In total, more than $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to the Champions and runners-up, and popular and Weekly Winners, in the Under 18 and Over 18 age divisions of the Drumset category. The top drummers from both age gro...

The HLAG Merch Store Is Now Open!

Classic Hit Like A Girl “Fist” logo T-Shirts and new “Lola Blu” Graphic T-Shirts and Souvenir Drumheads are now available in the HLAG webstore: www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/shop/. The shirts are offered in XS, S, M, L and XL sizes. The 12″ souvenir drumhead is made by Evans and not intended for playing.

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 Meytal Cohen Week 6 (March 8-14) –Mapex and Evans/Promark: Danielle Argentina and Lindsay Artkop Each week of the contest, one winner in the under and over 18 age divisions...

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 ...

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