The Week 3 Winners in the Hit Like A Girl Global Drumming Contest are in and we’ve got three representatives from the US and one from Ireland. Contestants can enter until March 13, 2016.
Oakland native Jazmyne Evans started playing drums in church at the ripe old age of 5. She attended Berklee College of Music and is a well-known local musician, playing in her church band and performing at gigs around the city.
Brittany Harrell has been drumming for 19 years and touring with the band Veara for 11. She says she plays to “be the best drummer I can be. No gender boundaries. You got to see me to believe it.”
Leah Bluestein only recently became comfortable playing her drums in front of other people. Now she’s graduating from high school early to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship.
Fourteen-year-old Payton Taylor is part of the Breast Cancer Can Stick It foundation, an organization that allows her to use her drumming skills to raise money and awareness to help stop breast cancer. She also plays in a Dallas-based all-girl band called Sweet Chaos.
How The Judging Works
Each week until March 9 guest judges will pick two Under 18 and two 18+ winners to move on to the final round of judging. Additional wild cards may be chosen by sponsors and judges. Then from March 14-23 fans will have the chance to vote for their favorites. In the end a minimum of 20 finalists will be chosen in both age groups. The celebrity judges, which include Prince’s 3rdEyeGirl drummer Hannah Welton, jazz ace Kim Thompson, UK great Emily Dolan-Davies, Emmanuelle Caplette, the Summer Set’s Jess Bowen, Cuban star Yissy Garcia, Grammy-winner Terri Lyne Carrington, YouTube star Anika Nilles, Venzella Joy (also Beyonce), Kate Nash’s Alicia Warrington, Cherisse Osei of the Bryan Ferry band, and guest male judges Steve Smith of Journey fame and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, will announce winners on April 14, 2016 in a live webcast event.
Plenty Of Time To Enter
Entries in the contest are accepted up until March 13th. All you have to do is upload a video and bio and you’re in. Younger girls are required to submit parental consent forms (available at the site).
About Hit Like A Girl
Now in its fifth year the Hit Like A Girl was started by DRUM!, Tom Tom and TRX with the aim of highlighting and promoting female drummers. Girls and women of all ages and skill levels, and from more than 50 countries, have entered the contest over the past four years. It is sponsored by an elite group of musical instrument companies including Evans, Pro-Mark, Avedis Zildjian, Mapex, Sabian, Vater, Innovative, NFUZD, Sonor, Drum Channel, and more. Media sponsors on three continents include Music Radar, DRUM!, Alfred, Alternative Press, Rhythm, Percussive Arts Society, Enter music Network, Drumscene (Australia), Drum Guru, Hudson Music, Not So Modern Drummer, Drummers Resource, Drummer Café, Performance Drumming, Online Drummer, The Black Page, Digital Drummer, Wikidrummers, Swinghouse Studios, and Sick Drummer Magazine.