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 Bonus 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.

Marching Percussion <18 Contestants


I’m a junior on my high school snare line.  I’ve played percussion for six years and competed in HLAG 2019 on drum set.  I’m preparing for indoor competition and spooky season with this cover of Around the World by Daft


Hello, my name is Destiny Boyd and I am a homeschooled 10th grader. I am proficient in snare, bass, full set. My desire for drumming began in elementary school. I started playing in 7th and have been playing for 4


Hi I’m Jovanna, and I am 17 years old from New Jersey! In this video I cover the song Cars Trucks Buses by Phish.


Hi! My name is Katie McCarty and I am 17 years old. I am a senior at my high school in Florida. I have been playing percussion for 7 years and marching snare for 4 years. I have always loved

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Hello! My name is Trinity Forish and I’m a senior at Snider High School in Indiana. This is my second year entering the contest and my fourth of marching snare. I have been playing concert percussion for six years and

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My name is Avarie Young, i’m a 15 soon to be 16 year old percussionist from new orleans, My passion for music was developed by watching bands and drum sections march past during mardi gras, from my first time seeing


17 Year Old Female Snare drummer from Atlanta Georgia. Currently playing with Atlanta drum academy and attends Union Grove High School.

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My name is Jaylee Romanowski and I am a freshman snare drummer at Hillgrove High School. I have grown up around band and drum corps my entire life because both of my parents were in drum corps. My mom was


Marching Percussion 18+ Contestants

I began my percussion career in 6th grade, and quickly became fascinated by the multitude of instruments that were available to me. There was one particular instrument, though, that really spoke to my interest- snare drum.

Although I loved to

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Hello, I am Soleil Mangulabnan from the Philippines! I am a BS Psychology major who is also passionate about making music and playing the drums. I played the drum set back in high school but I only started playing the



Hello, my name is Yanki Au. I was born and grew up in Hong Kong. I was inspired by the drumband at the age of 12 when I started my secondary school life


Hey my name’s Rachelle Jovane. I’m 23 from Miami. I picked up a pair of sticks when I was 7 years old. Haven’t put them down since. In this musical journey I’ve had the pleasure of playing for the Miami

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Hello, my name is Yanki Au. I was born and grew up in Hong Kong. I was inspired by the drumband at the age of 12 when I started my secondary school life at Kiangsu-Chekiang College Girls Drumband and I


Hello! My name is Alevtina, I am from Kiev, Ukraine. I have been practicing drums for 6 years at the Skysticks drum school. I also play at services of the Hillsong Kyiv church.
In filming this video, my teacher Yaroslav


Hey! I’m Mary-L, a percussionist from Hawaii. I’ve been playing the drums since 6th grade and I’ve loved it ever since then. My favorite instruments to play are marching snare, drum set, and tenor drums.


Sup Y’all!! My name is Aly, I’m 20 years old and I’m from Montreal, Canada. (I’m sorry if my English is not good, French is my first language :). In short, I started playing drums in High School when I


Hello! My name is Paige Durr! I am a 26 year old and currently reside in the DFW area. I am a Percussion Specialist for the North Mesquite Cluster. I am also the drummer for Six the Musical on the

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Ivory! is a Jamaican-American singer-songwriter/drummer/guitarist/poet. Born in Chicago, IL. Started playing guitar at the age of nine then playing drums at twelve.

Her single song “Alone” had made it on Vinyl Moon Volume 32 Cloudgardener in 2018. In 2019, Ivory!

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I’ve been a pipe band snare drummer for eleven years and have currently been playing in the Las Vegas Emerald Society Pipes and Drums for 7 years. We do not currently compete buy I did compete with previous bands. I’m

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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.

Global/Amateur Contest

Hit Like A Girl Contest is an international contest for amateur drummers. For more information, see “Eligibility”, below.

Age Groups

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 eligible 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.

Evaluation Criteria

Entries will be scored using a proprietary scoring rubric developed by GridBook Percussion. Click here to view or download.

60% Performance

30% Musical Quality: Tempo, Dynamics, Sound Quality, Consistency

30% Musical Creativity: Arranging, Vocabulary, Tones, Entertainment Value

40% Presentation

20% Video Quality: Framing, Lighting, Audio, Mixing

20% Video Creativity: Story, Theme, Location, Effects

Stick Together Bonus

Up to 5 Bonus Points can be added to a contestant's score for creating a new rudiment or a variation of an existing rudiment and incorporating it into their entry.

Include the name and a photo or PDF of the rudiment with the entry registration form.


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 Awards
Special Award recipients are selected by representatives of a range of industry,   media and educational sponsors based on talent, geography and/or need.

Participation Rewards
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.)

Innovative Percussion

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.

Vic Firth

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


  1. All entrants must identify as female.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Our Mission

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: Jamese Moses, Mark Perrett and Raychel Taylor.

Note: Rules, dates and specifications subject to change without notice. 



Sponsors & Prizes Announced for 2020 HLAG MPC.

Snare drums from Ludwig and Pearl, drumsticks from Innovative Percussion, Vater and Vic Firth, drumheads from Remo and cymbals from Zildjian, as well as scholarships and performance opportunities from...
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