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3 HLAG Champions To Perform At PASIC!

3 HLAG Champions To Perform At PASIC!

Three recently-crowned champions from the 2017 Hit Like A Girl female drumming contest will perform as part of a special event taking place during the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention (PASIC) being held November 8-11 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. A drum festival within a drum festival, the HLAG Showcase highlights the expanding gender, musical and social diversity of the drumming community and takes place in Room 500 at 9:00 AM on Friday, November 10, 2017.

The featured performers are:
Anastasiya “AJ” Kostromina is the 2017 winner in the upper age group of the marching percussion category. AJ was born in Russia but grew up and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she works, teaches and performs. The Marching, Concert and World percussion categories were added to the contest for the first time this year. (

Helly (Elisa Montin) is the 2017 Hit Like A Girl Champion in the over 18 age group of the drumset category. Helly is from Venice, Italy. She is the first HLAG winner from outside the United States to perform at PASIC and the first Metal/EDM drummer to win the contest. (

Annapurna “AP” Tobler was born and raised in San Jose, CA. The fiery 12-year old is a 2017 finalist and the winner of the online public voting in the under 18 division of the drumset category. AP got her start at the San Jose School of Rock and also plays bass and guitar. She made a guest appearance on the 2017 HLAG Awards Show on (

The Hit Like A Girl Showcase is open to all PASIC attendees and is sponsored by Hit Like A Girl and PAS along with Evans, Ludwig, Mapex, Sabian and Zildjian. Other major HLAG supporters include DW, Roland, Sweetwater and Yamaha. Stop by booth #1505 during PASIC to learn more about Hit Like A Girl program. For additional information visit or or contact

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