46 Finalists Announced In 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest

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Champions To Be Announced May 7 On Drumchannel.com

Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce that more than 40 of the world’s best drummers have been selected as finalists in the 2015 edition of the international drumming contest for girls and women. Contest participants included girls as young as 6 and women in their 50’s and represented nearly 50 different countries, from North and South America to Asia, Europe and Africa. The HLAG Finalists were chosen by popular vote, professional drummers and drum industry executives.

The 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest Finalists are:

Under 18 Age Division

18+ Age Division

Following the final round of judging, the Champion and 2 runners-up in both the over and under 18 age divisions will be announced on the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Awards Show. The show will be webcast live on May 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT on DrumChannel.com and will be co-hosted by Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) and Phil Hood (DRUM!). The show will also feature appearances and performances by Didi Negron (2015 HLAG Spokesperson and Cirque du Soleil Amaluna), YouTube sensation Anika Nilles, Russian all-female drum line Loud Street Girls, 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato along with many other special guests and surprises.

Industry Sponsors Demonstrate Strong Support For Female Drumming

Sponsors of the 2015 Hit Like A Girl Contest include Mapex. DW, Zildjian, Evans, Innovative, Alfred Music, Mapex, Musician’s Institute, NFUZD, Promark, Puresound, Sabian, SKB, TRX, Yamaha DTX, Vater, Vic Firth, Audix, Gibraltar, KAT, LP, PDP, Puresound and Cympad.

Global Media Sponsors

Media sponsors include the Percussive Arts Society, Drum Channel, Hudson Music, Drum Guru, Alternative Press, DRUM!, Tom Tom, Drumhead, the Enter Music Network, Online Drummer, Music Radar/Rhythm (UK), Drums & Percussion (Germany), Wikidrummer (France) and DrumScene (Australia).

Judging Crew Has A Big Job Ahead

Joining 2015 event spokesperson Didi Negron (Cirque du Soleil) as celebrity judges are Hannah Ford-Welton (Prince), Venzella Joy (Beyoncé), Kim Thompson (Late Night with Seth Meyers> Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX), Emily Dolan-Davies (The Darkness), Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson), Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Alicia Warrington (Kate Nash), Cherisse Ofusu-Osei (Bryan Ferry), Bobbye Hall (independent), Senri Kawaguchi (independent), Kiran Ghandi (M.I.A.), Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Nia Lovelis (Hey Violet) and Alexey Poblete. The judging panel also includes Meytal Cohen, Anika Nilles and Lux Drummerette as well as 2014 HLAG Champions Riesha Fayson and Kanade Sato.

International Ambassadors

HLAG Ambassadors represent nearly two dozen countries around the world including, Canada, Chile, Argentina, The Netherlands, Japan, England, Thailand, Philippines, Slovakia, Australia, Israel, Venezuela, Peru, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Solvakia, South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Hungary. The Ambassadors are responsible for expanding the awareness of drumming and increasing participation in the contest by organizing promotional activities in their native languages through their local and social media contacts.

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