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HLAG Rocks Sweetwater Gearfest 2017!

Top drummers Hannah Welton-Ford, Jordan West, Kate Siefker and Tangela Facen along with Diane Downs and Meg Samples of The Louisville Leopard Percussionists helped spread the word about Hit Like A Girl at Sweetwater Gearfest in Fort Wayne, Indiana, June 23 and 24. The FREE event featured exhibits, clinics and performances and drew thousands of music makers from throughout the midwest. Tangela’s blazing performance of “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars with the Sweetwater All-Stars was one of the highlights of the weekend that also included appearances by Omar Hakim, Mike Mangini, Terry Bozzio, Lil John Roberts and Nick D’Virgilio. Two of the many local players that stopped by the HLAG booth were young drummer (and future star!) Holly and her younger sister Sadie. We can...

UK & France HLAG Champions Named

Georgia Atkinson, Toni McVey and Laurène Lenert Become The First Ever European Hit Like A Girl Champions. Hit Like A Girl Contest is proud to announce the winners of Special Awards from HLAG sponsors Rhythm and Music Radar in England and Wikidrummers and The Drumming Lab in France. As the highest scoring contestants from their home countries, Georgia Atkinson (<18) and Toni McVey (18+) along with Laurène Lenert have become the 2017 HLAG Champions of the UK and France, respectively. The French champion will receive free passes to attend the Wikidrummers Festival 2 in Paris on April 9 while the UK Champions will receive free passes to attend the London Drum Show next November.

Who Will She Be?

Tune In To The 2017 Hit Like A Girl Awards Show April 18th And Find Out. Star-studded awards show to be webcast live on Drum Channel, April 18 at 5:00PM PDT Along with many of the world’s leading professional drummers and drum industry executives, more than two dozen of today’s top amateur drummers will be featured when the 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest champions and award recipients are announced on the Hit Like A Girl awards show— webcast live Tuesday, April 18 at 5:00PM PDT exclusively on www.drumchannel.com. The show will include interviews and live performances by past champions, celebrities and special guests such as Kim Thompson, Mona Tavakoli, Emmanuelle Caplette, Helen De La Rosa and others (pending availability). Hit Like A Girl is the global contest for female drummers with conte...

How To Accessorize!

Drum Accessory Companies Audix, Big Fat Snare Drum, Cympad, Direct Sound, Puresound and TKL Add Their Support To The 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest.

Showcases At GearFest, PASIC and WGI Featured As HLAG 2017 “Special Awards”

Performance Showcases At Sweetwater GearFest, PASIC and WinterGuard Championships Are Among The “Special Awards” for 2017 Hit Like A Girl Participants. Additional Prizes Include Scholarships, Grants And Passes To International Drum Festivals. In addition to competing for $20,000 in gear from the world’s leading drum and percussion companies, this year’s Hit Like A Girl contest participants will also have a chance to win a number of “Special Awards” provided by HLAG’s educational and media sponsors. These awards include performances, scholarships, grants and passes to attend drum festivals in the US and Europe. “Our mission is two-fold: support female drummers and encourage more women and girls to play,” says HLAG co-founder Phil Hood. “One way we can achieve both parts of that goal is to i...

HLAG 2017 Judges Announced!

The Hit Like A Girl Contest Announces Complete List Of Judges For 2017 Drumming Contest. Top Professionals, Industry Executives and Educators to provide feedback, scores and support. Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce the full list of world-class preliminary, weekly and final judges for the 2017 female drumming contest. According to HLAG Artist Relations Director Louise King, in addition to this year’s celebrity spokesperson Kimberly Thompson, the all-star roster of judges for the drumset categories features the top U.S. drummers as well as international players from countries such as France, Germany, Great Britain, Cuba and Japan. In addition to these leading professionals, 2016 HLAG Champions Helen De La Rosa and Becca Webster will serve as 2017 judges along with several exceptional, u...

New Date For HLAG Awards Event: Online Voting Begins March 27, 2017

The Hit Like A Girl Contest has announced that online voting has been pushed back by a week due to the change in date for the 2017 Hit Like A Girls Awards Show. During the online voting period from March 27 to April 9, 2017, fans across the world will be able to vote for the performer of their choice to become the Popular Winner of the contest. Additional winners will be chosen by celebrity judges and teachers in a variety of categories (see contest rules). The contest awards show will take place on April 18 on Drum Channel at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time. Guest hosts, judges, and artists will be on hand to view the finalist videos and announce winners in drum set, hand drum, concert, marching, and special categories. A Flurry Of Last Minute Entries Contest entries are closing. However,...

HLAG 2017 Prizes & Awards Announced

Scholarships, Performance Opportunities, Special Awards And Over $20,000 In Drum Gear  Will Be Awarded In the 2017 Hit Like A Girl Global Contest For Female Drummers. All contestants will receive a certificate, lesson coupon and the PowerPack 3 Digital Goody Bag. From complete acoustic and electronic drumsets, snare drums, cymbals, sticks, heads and accessories to showcases at major festivals and scholarships to summer music camps, this year’s Hit Like A Girl contest offers participating drummers the highest value and widest variety of prizes in the history of the program. In total, more than $20,000 in prizes will be awarded to the Champions and runners-up, and popular and Weekly Winners, in the Under 18 and Over 18 age divisions of the Drumset category. The top drummers from both age gro...

The HLAG Merch Store Is Now Open!

Classic Hit Like A Girl “Fist” logo T-Shirts and new “Lola Blu” Graphic T-Shirts and Souvenir Drumheads are now available in the HLAG webstore: www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/shop/. The shirts are offered in XS, S, M, L and XL sizes. The 12″ souvenir drumhead is made by Evans and not intended for playing.

HLAG Weekly Contest Schedule, Sponsors & Judges Announced.

Hit Like A Girl has announced that teams of executives and celebrity drummers representing the world’s leading drum and percussion companies will judge six weekly “mini- contests” during the 2017 Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers. Week 1 (February 1-7) – Yamaha: Prudence Elliott and Terri Lyne Carrington Week 2 (February 8-14) – Sabian: Stacey Montgomery-Clark, Katie Bursey and Elie Bertrand Week 3 (February 15-21) Zildjian: Craigie Zildjian, Sarah Hagen and Emily Dolan-Davies Week 4 (February 22-28) – Roland: Jordan West and Chastity Ashley Week 5 (March 1-7) – DW/LP: Elizabeth Lang, Terri Tlatelpa and Meytal Cohen Week 6 (March 8-14) –Mapex and Evans/Promark: Danielle Argentina and Lindsay Artkop Each week of the contest, one winner in the under and over 18 age divisions...

Joe Hibbs Special Award To Recognize The Hardest Working Drummer.

Sponsored by The Sessions, one $500 grant recipient will be chosen based on dedication, determination, perseverance and hard work. Hit Like A Girl and The Sessions have jointly announced the establishment of the “Joe Hibbs Award”. Created in honor of one of the hardest-working people in the drum business, the $500 grant will be given to the Hit Like A Girl contest participant who demonstrates the highest levels of dedication, ambition, persistence and integrity— the values that made the late Joe Hibbs such a positive influence on the drumming community and so respected by the people he worked with. “This award is for the hardest-working, most determined player,” explains The Sessions founder, Jules Follett. “Someone who has shown exceptional dedication in the face of extraordinary challeng...

Meet The Team Of Exceptional Women Responsible For HLAG.

The 2017 Hit Like A Girl Contest is honored to work with a talented, all-star, all-female team of web design, social marketing, education and artist relations specialists. Supporting “The Rise of Rhythm” are Sarah and Stephanie Snyder, Keylee Fletcher, Hayley Brownell and Louise King Sarah and Stephanie, who run Flying Ace Media and front Deer Park Avenue, are responsible for creating and maintaining the new www.hitlikeagirlcontest website while Keylee (also a drummer) runs her own digital marketing company out of Austin, TX and has worked with Pearl Drums, PAS and others. Up-and-coming, LA-based drummer/musician/composer Hayley Brownell joins former Rhythm magazine editor Louise King to coordinate the preliminary and celebrity/final judging phases of the contest as well as our...

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