Following hundreds of entries, thousands of votes and millions of views—  and highly-competitive preliminary, semi-final and final rounds— Hit Like A Girl and 9Beats drum schools are pleased to announce the Champions and Winners of the Hit Like A Girl China 2020 contest for female drummers.

Champion: Yinxuan Lin (林音璇) – #146
2nd Place: Lisa (沈珈铷) – #384        
3rd Place: Mini (黄瑜汐) – #275

Champion: Celina (黄歆然) – #126
2nd Place: Qingzhu Yang (杨晴竹) – #378
3rd Place: Mini (陈思睿) – #148

Champion: Yufengyi Li (李玉凤仪) – #215
2nd Place: Karen (周千越) – #343
3rd Place: Haile Bao (包海乐) – #287

Champion: Rita Li (李昕茹) – #419
2nd Place: JC (张莹) – #54
3rd Place: Maggie (孙佳蕊) = #20     

The entry videos from finalists in four ages groups (<8, 8-12, 13-17 and 18+) were judged by an international panel of elite drummers and educators including Lindsay Artkop, Gorden Campbell, Emmanuelle Caplette, Dom Famularo, Bingchen Han, Thomas Lang, Rick Latham, Peiying Li, Ryan Stevenson and Wilson Zhang. The winners will receive a selection of prizes from HLAG China sponsors Queens Guard Drum Co. and Sabian.

HLAG China Champions become International Finalists. Their videos can be viewed at (runners’-up and finalists’ videos can be viewed at the links above and on the 9Beats App available for iOS and Android devices).

Hit Like A Girl and 9Beats wish to thank everyone who entered and everyone who supports the female drumming community in China and around the world. HLAG International Drumset and Beatmaking Champions as well as Regional winners in Southeast Asia, France, Japan, India and Mexico will be announced on the website on May 29, 2020.

Hit Like A Girl congratulates the Champions and Winners of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion contest.

  • <18     
  • Katie McCarty (Champion)
  • Jovanna Mullin (2nd Place)
  • Jasmine Bowens (3rd Place)
  • Destiny Boyd (Honorable Mention)
  • 18+     
  • Eliana Yamouni (Champion)
  • Paige Durr (2nd Place)
  • Aly “Chopz” Mendey (3rd Place)
  • Rachelle Jovane (Honorable Mention)

These outstanding drummers will receive prizes the world’s top drum companies, including Ludwig, Pearl, Vic Firth, Vater, Innovative Percussion and Remo as well as scholarships, educational material and other special awards from Girls March and GridBook Percussion.

The HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion contest judges panel featured leading artists/ educators Sandi Rennick, Emmanuelle Caplette, Raychel Taylor, James Riles III and Mark Perrett, Nicole Casino plus former Hit Like A Girl Champion Jamese Moses. Special thanks to GridBook Percussion for developing Hit Like A Girl’s exclusive, online scoring matrix.

View the entries, winning videos and more at

Photo caption (shown clockwise from upper left):
Katie McCarty, Jovanna Mullin, Jasmine Bowens, Eliana Yamouni, Paige Durr and Aly “Chopz” Mendey.

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 Grid Book Percussion, Girls March and Hit Like A Girl, will be awarded to the Champions and Winners of this year’s Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion Contest.

Expanding its activities to support the growth of the female marching percussion community, Hit Like A Girl moved the 2020 edition of its Marching Contest to the Fall to better showcase today’s outstanding female marching percussionists and increase participation in the contest. The 10th annual HLAG contest for Drumset and Beatmaking, “HLAG-X”, is being planned for Spring 2021.

Entry in the <18 and 18+ age divisions of the Hit Like A Girl Marching Percussion contest opens October 1, 2020. For rules, schedule, sponsors, prizes and more, please visit

Hit Like A Girl has announced an exceptional line-up of judges for its 2020 Marching Percussion contest. The all-star panel features leading artists and educators from a variety of marching disciplines, including DCI, WinterGuard, BOA and HBCU drumlines, as well as an internationally-renowned drumset artist with strong Drum & Bugle Corps roots.

The 2020 HLAG MPC judges are:

  • Sandi Rennick – Arranger for the 7-time DCI Champion Santa Vanguard.
  • James Riles III – Founder of The Atlanta Drum Academy and featured performer in the “Drumline” movies.
  • Emmanuelle Caplette – Award-winning marching drummer and world-famous drummer, teacher and clinician.
  • Raychel Taylor – Founder of Girls March, past performer with Mandarins, Phantom Regiment and Vanguard.
  • Mark Perrett – Gold medal winner with DCI’s Division III Teal drumline and co-founder/author of the popular and influential series of “GridBook” drum method books and social media.
  • Jamese Moses – HLAG Marching Percussion Champion of 2019, HBCU marching advocate and a featured performer with “Find Your Rhythm” (FYR).
  • Nicole Casino – The first female “center snare” drummer for the 19-time DCI Champion Blue Devils, Berklee College graduate and, currently, featured performer for the Disneyland Resort.

Contest entry in the <18 and 18+ age divisions opens October 1, 2020. For rules, schedule, sponsors, prizes and more, please visit

Photo caption (clockwise from top left):Sandi Rennick, Emmanuelle Caplette, Mark Perrett, Nicole Casino, Raychel Taylor, Jamese Moses, James Riles III.

Encouraging players to get off the sidelines and “Get Back In The Game”, Hit Like A Girl has announced that its revamped and rescheduled Marching Percussion contest will open for entries on October 1, 2020. The HLAG Marching contest follows the highly successful international and regional drumset and beatmaking contests that were held earlier this year and has been shifted to the Fall to increase its prestige and participation. The contest is open to female snare drummers in the Under 18 and 18-Plus age divisions with solo and cover videos accepted through October 19.

HLAG 2020 Marching Percussion contest judges feature leading artists and educators such as Sandi Rennick, Julie Davila, Raychel Taylor and Mark Perrett plus former Hit Like A Girl Champions AJ Kostromina and Jamese Moses. Among this year’s prizes are marching snare drums from Ludwig and Pearl along with Firth, Vater and Innovative Percussion drumsticks and Remo drumheads. Scholarships and educational material from Girls March and GridBook as well as exclusive performance opportunities will also be awarded to the Champions and Winners when they are named in November.

To learn more and enter, please visit

Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce the winners of the drumset category for this year’s regional contests. These outstanding drummers will receive special awards from the HLAG sponsors. Thanks to the international judges and ambassadors and especially everyone who entered.

<18      Marie François 
18+      Clara Oulieu                                              

<18      Rinay                                     
18+      Sonikblasts                             

<18      Zoe Larios   
18+      Angie Salinas                              

<18      Yuuka AOKI                         
18+      Mika Watanabe                      

Southeast Asia
<18      Kayla Zahra Fahira Permaa   
18+      Shani Samtani                       

The Champions and Runners-Up of the 2020 International Hit Like A Girl Contest will be announced on Friday, May 29 and will appear on a special episode of Hit Like A Girl LIVE on Tuesday, June 2 at 1:00PM EDT/10:00AM PDT @hitlikeagirlcontest on Instagram.

As we head into the final round, Hit Like A Girl congratulates our Popular winners (clockwise from upper left): Evelyn Moreno (<13), Juanita Pelaez (Beatmaking 18+), Alyssa Tomassi (13-17), Kallee Bernish-Good (Beatmaking <18), Mihaela Naydenova (18-39) and Jennifer Towns (40+). Winners of the popular voting will receive a prize package from HLAG 2020 sponsors and automatically qualify for the final round where they will be judged by many of the world’s top drummers. You can view all the truly amazing entries we received this year at Stand by for the 2020 HLAG finalists to be announced soon!

Featuring many of today’s top professional beatmakers along with the Champions and Winners from previous contests, this year’s judging panels have been announced for the under and over 18 age groups in the Beatmaking category of Hit Like A Girl/Beats By Girlz contest. Three “pro-am” teams will judge the semi-finals while BBG’s founders, executives and directors will judge the final round.

Semi-Final Team 1 includes Christine Hoberg, Tara Bordeaux, Cas Bur, Muzikal Dunk (B DUNK), Marcella Fruehan and Aletta Verwoerd.

Semi-Final Team 2 includes Claire Lim (dolltr!ck), Joanne Corrigall, Tuna Pase (FORTUNA), Georgia Winter, Ellie Johnson (Basil) and Jessica Muñiz-Collado (NIZCO).

Semi-Final Team 3 includes Ángela Cortés, Jen Mitlas, Annelise Witek, Katrine Villadsen, Raylinne Garcia, Jamie Billings and Sophea Sim (11THIRT33N).

Judges for the final round include Erin Barra (MOMMA BARRA), Danielle Thwaites (DAIZA), Krithi, Christin Light and Cassie Plunkett (PLUNKI).

HLAG Beatmaking contestants compete for a selection of prizes— including hardware, software and international exposure— from sponsors like Novation, Native Instruments, Roland, Presonus and Melodics. Results will be announced on the www.hitlikeagirlcontest website on May 29.

shown in photo (clockwise from upper left): Cassie Plunkett, Christin Light, Danielle Thwaites, Krithi and Erin Barra.

Hit Like A Girl began in 2012 with a mission to highlight female drumming and encourage more girls and women to become drummers. With its new “Stick Together” program, the organization has expanded their mission to help girls and women become better drummers. And, since the COVID-19 pandemic has given drummers another reason to keep playing and support each other, “Stick Together” allows players to strengthen the drumming community at the same time they strengthen their hands.

Here are the highlights of the project:  

• Dozens of today’s top female drummers have been invited to record short videos demonstrating their favorite rudiment, warm-up or stick control exercise. The short hand-technique exercises can be played with just a practice pad and a pair of sticks.

• The exercise videos and transcriptions are viewable on the @hitlikeagirlcontest Instagram page.

• Players can collect a downloadable “Stick Together” certificate and access “Rewards” that are special discounts on educational supplies by visiting Participating sponsors include Sheet Music Plus, Hudson Music, Tom Tom Magazine and more.

The first group of posts feature exercises from drummers Sam Landa, Camille Bigeault, Jessica Goodwin and Victoria Gridzhan. Visit for further details.

Hit Like A Girl’s new “Hit Like A Girl LIVE” show is the latest expansion of the organization’s ongoing effort to showcase and support female drummers, percussionists and beatmakers. The weekly live stream takes place every Tuesday at 1:00pm EDT/10:00am PDT on the @hitlikeagirlcontest Instagram page and is hosted by HLAG Director, founder of Tom Tom magazine, drummer and advocate for the female drumming community, Mindy Abovitz.

Hit Like A Girl LIVE features exclusive interviews and Q&A sessions with some of today’s top female drummers and drum industry executives. Upcoming guests include Lucy Landymore (The World Of Hans Zimmer), Marla Leigh (The Frame Drum Academy), Sarah Hagan (Zildjian Artist Relations), DeArcus Curry (Janelle Monae) and more.

Tune in Tuesdays at and visit for more information.