My name is Alyssa Tomassi. I'm 15 years old and in 9th grade. I live in New Hartford, New York. I have been playing drums for 5 years. This is my second year participating in the Hit Like A Girl Contest. Last year I was lucky enough to win the Popular Vote in my age category. It was one of the most exciting times of my life! Drumming means everything to me.
When I was younger, I participated in sports but they just weren't "my thing". I briefly played string instruments like violin and cello in elementary school, but they just weren't "my thing" either. The first time I sat behind a drumset, it felt like home.
The drums have been my place to relax, let out energy, and to just have fun. Over this past year, playing the drums has been my way to escape the fear and lonelieness of quarantine. Although I haven't been able to play with other musicians as much as I would've liked, under normal circumstances, I participate in my school's jazz and concert bands.
I am also the drummer for a local youth band called Filled to the Brim. We met at a summer camp and have written and recorded an album which has been streamed all over the world! Thanks to FaceTime, we have been working on our second album!
I am so excited to participate in the Hit Like a Girl Contest once again and to see all the amazingly talented women from all over the world. Good luck to everybody!