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2018 Hit Like A Girl Winners To Be Announced on June 5, 2018.

The winners of the 2018 Hit Like A Girl contest will be announced on the 2018 Hit Like A Girl Awards Show, streaming June 5, 2018 at 3:00 PM PDT on Drum Channel and www.facebook.com/drumchannel. Hosted by percussionist Mona Tavakoli and drummer Jordan West, the show also features world-premier drum duo performances by Mona and Jordan, 2014 HLAG Champion Riesha Fayson and 2015 HLAG Champion Lindsay Artkop, and 2017 HLAG Champion Faith Benson and The Warning’s Paulina Villareal. Special guests include Moty Baketas, Noriko Terada, Danielle “Daiza” Thwaites, Elizabeth Lang and more. The winners of this year’s Hit Like A Girl contest represent a wide diversity of countries, ages and musical genres. The drummers, percussionists and producers were judged by a group of award-winn...

2018 Hit Like A Girl Finalists Announced!

The Hit Like A Girl international contest for female drummers is pleased to announce the names of the finalists in the 2018 competition. Drummers and percussionists in final round include players from the under-18 and 18-and-over age groups in the drumset, world, concert, marching and technology categories. In addition to the main contest covering entries from more than 50 countries around the world, local versions of the contest are also being held in China, France, Mexico and the UK. HLAG finalists will be judged by a group of the world’s top professional female and male drummers and will receive nearly $50,000 drums, drum accessories, scholarships and other awards from the world’s leading drum, media and education companies. The results of the contest will be announced on the Hit Like A...

HLAG Announces 2018 Achievement Awards.

In addition to the recognition, drums and drumming equipment the Champions and “Performance Award” winners receive, the Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers has announced several “Achievement Awards” for the 2018 contest. HLAG Achievement Awards are given to players who exhibit outstanding drumming skills as well as commitment, dedication, perseverance and a positive attitude. The recipients of these special awards are determined by Hit Like A Girl’s directors, sponsors and judges. The 2018 Hit Like A Girl Achievement Awards include: • Musician’s Institute – MI in Los Angeles, California is providing 2 full-tuition scholarships for its Summer Shot program that runs from June 25 through July 5— including complete room and board. (Trave...

Hit Like A Girl China Exceeds Expectations.

We are thrilled to report that there were 722 Entries in 3 age divisions with 6,000,000 views and 18,000,000 votes in the just concluded 2018 Hit Like A Girl China contest. Now celebrity judges Anika Nilles, Aaron Spears, Dom Famularo, DiDi Negron and Lindsay Artkop will determine the winners from the 40 incredible finalists so that the Chinese Champions can join the rest of the International finalists. Click here to view the top under 12, 12-18 and over 18 Chinese drummers. Congratulations to all the participants and special thanks to our partners at 9Beats drum schools: Li Hongyu, Gaofei, Jaqui and Anna.

Choose The Champions!

Voting for the 2018 Hit Like A Girl Contest starts today! Help “Choose The Champions” by voting for your favorite videos on the www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com website. You can vote once per day per entry through April 26. The players with the most votes will move on to the final round and be judged by our panel of celebrity drummers. #breakthrough #choosethechampions #hlag2018 

Kate Kuziakina and Shiri Burstein Are HLAG 2018 Week One Winners!

Thanks to Week 1 sponsors Zildjian Company and Vic Firth, and their representative judges Craigie Zildjian (CEO) and Venzella Joy (Pitch Perfect/Beyoncé), we are proud to announce that the winners of Hit Like A Girl 2018 Week One are Kate Kuziakina (Under 18 from Ukraine) and Shiri Burstein (18 Plus from Israel). Kate and Shiri will each receive a fabulous prize package from Zildjian and Firth and go on to the HLAG finals. Congratulations, ladies! View their award-winning videos at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contestants/kate-kuziakina/ and https://hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contestants/shiri-burstein/.

Hit Like A Girl® Weekly Contests Offer Prizes, Exposure And Industry Judges.

Sponsored by Sabian, Mapex, Sonor, Zildjian, Firth, Ludwig, Evans and Promark, the 2018 Hit Like A Girl international contest for female drummers includes six “Weekly” contests that occur during each week of the contest. These mini-contests feature teams of judges made up of female drum industry executives and artists. The selected weekly winners receive special prizes and automatically go on to the contest’s final round. Prizes include drums, sticks, heads and accessories contributed by the world’s top drum and percussion companies. All contestants are eligible in the weekly contests but, since the pool of entries increases throughout the duration of the contest, contestants are encouraged to submit their entries as early as possible. The 2018 Hit Like A Girl Contest entry period ends Apr...

HLAG 2018 World, Marching & Concert Category Judges Announced.

Adding to its impressive roster of drumset and technology judges, the 2018 Hit Like A Girl international contest for female drummers has announced its initial line-up of celebrity judges for the World, Marching and Concert percussion categories. Judging this year’s entries in the under and over 18 age divisions are: World Percussion: Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Valerie Naranjo (SNL), Carrie Biolo (Wayne Newton) Marching Percussion: Sandi Rennick (Santa Clara Vanguard), AJ Kostromina (2017 HLAG Champion), Mark Perrett (The Grid Book) Concert Percussion: Dani Markham (Childish Gambino) Additional judges in the world, marching and concert percussion as well as the drumset and technology categories will be announced as they are confirmed and posted on the judges page of the www.hitlikeagirlcon...

HLAG Power Pack 3.0 Features Free Educational Content.

Hit Like A Girl’s all-new Power Pack 3.0 offers HLAG contestants a selection of educational content, backing tracks, magazines and lessons that are available as free downloads from participating HLAG sponsors. The Power Pack 3.0 sponsors and content currently includes: PAS – International Rudiment Chart Drum! Magazine – 10-Day Metric Modulation Lesson Pack Drumeo – 30-Day Access to Drumeo Edge and a free T-shirt Hudson Music – 2 Play-Along Tracks from “The Beat Matrix” by Mark Colenburg Winterguard – Free subscription to WGI “Focus” magazine Drumtrax – Access to 100 free drumless play-0along tracks and 35 “Urban Drumming” lessons The Grid Book – A variety of percussion education resources Sick Drummer Magazine – Free issue of Sick Drummer featuring Hannes Grossman. Digital Drummer Magazine...

HLAG 2018 Announces Celebrity Drumset, Technology and Guest Judges.

Organizers of Hit Like A Girl® are proud to announce the initial line-up of all-star drummers that have signed on to judge the 2018 international contest for female drummers and percussionists. Judges for the upper and lower age divisions in the drumset category feature an impressive roster of leading professional players from around the world, including Emmanuelle Caplette, Vera Figueiredo, Yissy Garcia,  Hannah Welton, Collette Williams and Elijah Wood. Camille Bigeault (France), Natalia Miranda (Mexico), Didi Negron (China) and Lindsay Artkop (China) are participating as judges/ambassadors in regional contests while 2017 Champions Helly and Faith Benson are also on the 2018 drumset judging panel. The group of today’s top drum programmers, sound engineers and music producers that have be...

Zildjian, Ludwig, Sabian, Roland, Drum! And Mapex Top The List of HLAG 2018 Sponsors.

Hit Like A Girl®, the international contest for female drummers, has announced an extensive list of drum and percussion sponsors for its 2018 drumming event. These manufacturing, distribution, media and education companies represent today’s leading supporters of the rapidly expanding female drumming community. “Take a look at bands, orchestras, drum lines, drum schools, drum media, drum festivals around the world and you’ll see a huge increase in the quantity, quality and influence of female drummers,” says Hit Like A Girl co-founder David Levine. “The companies sponsoring Hit Like A Girl are the companies that are supporting the growth of female drumming.” Presenting Sponsors for the 2018 edition of the HLAG contest are Zildjian/Firth, Ludwig, Sabian, Roland US, Drum! and KHS America (Map...

World-Renowned Drummers And Drum Educators Contribute Backing Tracks For HLAG 2018.

Provided by Anika Nilles, Kaz Rodridguez and Mark Colenburg along with other top drum artists and educators, nearly three dozen “minus drums” backing tracks are now available to contestants in the 2018 Hit Like A Girl international contest for female drummers. The downloadable tracks, which can be accessed on the  www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/hlag-backing-tracks page of the Hit Like A Girl contest website, are recommended but not required and are offered in a selection of Easy, Intermediate and Advanced difficulty levels. Links to suggested backing tracks on iTunes composed by popular drummers Anika Nilles and Kaz Rodridguez include Anika’s “Chary Cross”, “Alter Ego” and “Pikalar” as well as “Gaia”, “Strumming” and “Headline” by Kaz. Links to free tracks from Mark Colenburg and Hudson Music...

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