Welcome To The Hit Like A Girl 2020 Marching Percussion Contest
Get Back In The Game!
While no one could have predicted a year without DCI, WinterGuard and high school and college drum lines, COVID-19 has put us all on the sidelines. The Hit Like A Girl 2020 Marching Percussion Contest is a chance to get back in the game— an opportunity to set new goals, showcase your skills and be creative.
• Submit a solo or cover marching snare drum video to win gear, performance opportunities and the crown!
• Earn points and support HLAG’s “Stick Together” mission to raise technical skill levels by creating a completely new rudiment or a variation of an existing rudiment and incorporating it into your entry. Details to be announced.
HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest Rules • Part 1
Sorry Boys, Ladies Only
Only women, girls and individuals who identify as female are eligible to enter.
Hit Like A Girl Contest is an international contest for amateur drummers. For more information, see “Eligibility”, below.
There are two age divisions for the HLAG 2020 MPC: Under 18 (<18) and 18-Plus (18+). The appropriate age group is determined by the contestant's age as of the start of the contest, October 1, 2020.
Instruments & Grips
HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest entries must be on marching snare drums or drum pads. Submissions using traditional grip, matched grip or both are accepted. “Showcase” videos on other Marching Percussion instruments are accepted but will not be considered for competition.
3-Minute Drumming Video
The minimum length of an entry video is 1:00 minute. There is no maximum time limit but the suggested length of an entry video is 3:00 minutes. Solo and cover videos are eligible.
Entries will be scored using a proprietary scoring rubric developed by GridBook Percussion.
25% Quality: Tempo, Dynamics, Sound Quality, Consistency
25% Creativity: Arranging, Vocabulary, Tones, Entertainment Value
25% Video Quality: Framing, Lighting, Audio, Mixing
25% Video Creativity: Story, Theme, Location, Effects
Stick Together Bonus
Details to be announced.
HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest Judges
HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest Rules • Part 2
Contest Entry Checklist
1. Entry video uploaded online.
Entry videos can be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo. Post your video and copy the URL (link) so you can paste it into your contest entry form.
2. Select and fill-out the registration form.
Entry opens October 1, 2020 at 12:01PM PT. To enter the contest, sign-up or sign-in to your HLAG profile, select the appropriate age group to access the registration form and fill-in the required fields with your entry and contact information.
3. A brief story about you, your drumming and your video.
Include information about when and why you started drumming, who your favorite drummers are, notes about your entry and anything else you’d like to share with your fans.
4. A recent photo of yourself with your drum.
Your photo will appear with your entry and may also be used for promotion in print, electronic and social media. Professional photos are not required but high-quality images are appreciated.
Finalists & Judging
Up to 25 Finalists and “Wild Card” entries in each age group will be selected and judged by a panel of top drummers, teachers and former HLAG Champions. (Note: The HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest does not include a Public Voting phase.)
And The Winner Is…
The Hit Like A Girl 2020 Marching Percussion Champions and 2nd and 3rd place Winners in each age group will be announced on the Hit Like A Girl website on October 26, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST. These winners receive prizes and performance opportunities (at the discretion of HLAG management). For more information, see “Prizes”, below.
Special Award recipients are selected by representatives of a range of industry, media and educational sponsors based on talent, geography and/or need.
Everyone who enters HLAG receives a certificate of participation (upon request) and access to the PowerPack digital goody bag that includes free educational material, booklets, magazines and discount coupons.
HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest Schedule
Entry Opens : October 1, 2020 @12:01AM PT
Entry Closes: October 19, 2020 @11:59PM PT
Judging: October 20 -25, 2020
Winners Announced: October 26, 2020
Champions' Collab Video Premier: November 14, 2020 @9:00AM PT
The HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest Is Presented By
HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest Prizes
Important Notice Regarding Prizes For The 2020 Hit Like A Girl Contest
While the sponsors of the 2020 HLAG Marching Percussion Contest were confirmed earlier this year, some of the specific prizes were not determined prior to the time the drum industry shut-down for COVID-19 safety. Therefore, we are not able to publish a complete list of prizes at this time. In addition, delivery of some prizes may be delayed due to limited availability. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available. (Prizes and specifications subject to change without notice.)
Available in a wide selection of standard and artist models, Innovative Percussion marching snare drum sticks are made of hickory, a wood that’s strong and dense enough to handle the abuses of a marching season. Innovative Percussion also offers a full range of premium-quality sticks, mallets and brushes for every percussion instrument and situation.
The Ludwig Ultimate snare drum takes the existing Free-Floater model to a whole new level. Designed to meet today’s marching demands, the Ultimate snare drum allows the player to achieve clean and crisp articulations with minimal weight. The secret is in the lightweight aluminum hardware that secures the heads, allowing the thick 8-ply Maple shell to be completely suspended for exceptional projection and resonance.
Used by today’s top DCI corps, Pearl FFX Championship Series snare drums have won more than their share of High Percussion Awards. The combination of six plies of 100% maple free-floating in a super lightweight aircraft aluminum frame creates a force to be reckoned with.
Featuring a host of innovations that have made them the leader in sound and performance on the field and off, Remo Marching Drumheads are available in a full range of snare drum, tenor and bass drum types, weights, sizes and finishes. Shown are Falams® Smooth White and Black Max® marching snare drum heads.
Vater’s Marching Percussion sticks and mallets are made from advanced designs and proven materials for unsurpassed reliability in the pit and on the field. The line features keyboard percussion and bass drum mallets as well as snare drum, tenor and drumset sticks— played and recommended by championship drumlines and leading professionals.
Field tested and field proven, the superior designs of the Vic Firth Corpsmaster® line reflect years of collaboration with the world’s finest drum and bugle corps. Available in a wide range standard and Signature models using hand-selected Hickory and Laminated Birch, the sticks meet the physical and musical demands of marching drummers from high schools and universities to competitive and professional applications.
Extra weight for added volume. Smooth, bright and penetrating. Specially designed in close association with the world’s top drum corps specialists. The warm, shimmering sound of Zildjian’s “Stadium” cymbals projects clearly into every corner of a stadium, with the ability for emphatic “zing” effects and a smooth, bright blend of overtones.
HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion Contest Notes
- All entrants must identify as female.
- Champions (grand prize winners) of previous Hit Like A Girl contests are not eligible to participate in the contest in the same category or age group they won. However, previous finalists and entrants may participate.
- Individuals must be a “Qualified Entrant” to participate in the Contest. A “Qualified Entrant” is defined as one who:
a) does not earn more than $50,000 adjusted gross per year as a professional musician, based on the prior tax year
b) is not a party to any endorsement or entertainment contracts that, in the Sponsor’s sole determination, conflict with the spirit of the contest.
For purposes of clarity, the term “professional musician” does not include teaching music or giving music lessons. Income derived from teaching-related activities is not counted in determination of a contestant’s status.
The Contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees of sponsors and media supporters and each of their affiliated companies, parents, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees and their immediate families or family members are not eligible to participate in this contest. Any person employed by or interning with Hit Like A Girl Contest at any time from October 1, 2020 through the conclusion of the Contest will be considered an “Employee” and is not eligible to enter.
Hit Like A Girl’s mission is to create a fun, fair, and safe environment to celebrate and cultivate female drummers, percussionists and beat makers. The contest is intended to showcase and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women around the world.
The Hit Like A Girl 2020 Marching Percussion Contest is produced by Hit Like A Girl, Inc. (a non-profit organization) and made possible by the generous support of artists, individuals and companies in the music and music products industries. Special thanks to the 2020 Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion Contest Team for donating their time and talent, including: AJ Kostromina, Jamese Moses, Mark Perrett and Raychel Taylor.
Note: Rules, dates and specifications subject to change without notice.