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Alyssa Tomassi

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!

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  1. Jennifer Towns on April 9, 2021 at 4:08 am

    YESSSS!!! Awesome job Alyssa! What a great song to take on and you absolutely killed it! You are so talented:). Good luck in the contest this year!!

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:40 am

      Thank you! Good luck to you too! I love your song!!

      • Maria on April 12, 2021 at 12:47 pm

        Beyond talented, we love watch you preform. Congratulations Alyssa.
        Love
        Maria & Ari

    • Prerna on April 19, 2021 at 11:41 am

      Good Job

  2. Todd Towns on April 9, 2021 at 4:58 am

    Great job as always, Alyssa!!

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:40 am

      Thank you!

      • John Bertrand on April 21, 2021 at 12:13 pm

        Great job Alyssa, keep up the great work!

  3. Missy on April 9, 2021 at 6:43 am

    AMAZING!!!! She’s a rare talent! Blown away as always

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:41 am

      Thank you! ?

  4. Tiffany Lambert on April 9, 2021 at 6:53 am

    Awesome!!

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:41 am

      Thank you!

  5. Toni Kearney on April 9, 2021 at 8:00 am

    You rock girlfriend! Keep following your passion and you will thrive. It’s been a tough year for all of us and you made me smile! Thank you for sharing your happiness.♥️

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:42 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad it made you smile! ?

  6. Lee Ann Tomassi on April 9, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Great job sweetheart! You make us so proud with everything you do! Love you so much ? Mom, Dad, Zack & Mia

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:42 am

      Love you too! ???

  7. Vanessa Castiglione on April 9, 2021 at 8:58 am

    So much sass! Love it!

  8. Micheal on April 9, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Amazing!! Good luck

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:43 am

      Thank you!

  9. Nancy T. on April 9, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Great job! You’ve rocked it girl!!

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:44 am

      Thank you! ??

  10. Amanda on April 9, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    This was amazing !!!! You forgot to mention you’re also an amazing dancer !!!!! So talented ????

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:45 am

      Thanks Miss Amanda! ?

  11. Eleanor on April 9, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of watching this talented young lady in person – she is amazing! It’s hard to believe that she has only been playing for 5 years- she plays like a pro! She handles the most extreme rhythms and shuffles as if she’s played for decades. I see big things in her future! Keep Rockin’ Alyssa!

    • Alyssa on April 10, 2021 at 5:45 am

      Thank you!

  12. Kristin on April 11, 2021 at 9:07 am

    ??Awesome!!??

    • Alyssa on April 11, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you!!

  13. Ray & Marilyn on April 11, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    We are absolutely amazed at this young lady & her talent! Holy cow! You’ve got our votes!

  14. Danielle O’Connor on April 12, 2021 at 5:32 am

    Great job Alyssa!!!

    • leect on April 12, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      Thank you! ?

  15. RC on April 12, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    Ok – so I have heard a thousand drummers in my life – many of which have played this classic – but 15 really?!!!!!. As all drummers know the fills and rolls are brutal even for the majority of seasoned drummers. To be young in your drumming career with that speed, precision and accuracy is something most can only dream of… Alyssa to her amazing credit and hard work, has taken this to a different level… a level that most of us could only pray for. Alyssa follow your dreams, keep jamming and the rest will come – that I assure you! You are amazing and your future is shining so bright! Keep this awesomeness coming!

    • Stan on April 12, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      Thank you so much for all of those amazing things you said! I love playing the drums and challenging myself as much as possible. I really appreciate your kind words! ???

  16. Dave Chirillo on April 12, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    AWESOME JOB!!! You’re so talented! We love seeing you kill it on the drums! Keep it up!!

  17. Dave Chirillo on April 12, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    AWESOME JOB!! You’re so talented!! We love seeing you kill it on the drums! Keep it up!!

    • Stan on April 12, 2021 at 8:42 pm

      Thank you so much!!!

  18. Dave C on April 12, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    AWESOME JOB!!! You’re so talented! We love seeing you kill it on the drums! Keep it up!!

    • Stan on April 12, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you so much!! ?

  19. Michelle Tuttle on April 13, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    You are an awesome drummer Alyssa and very talented!

    • lact1234 on April 14, 2021 at 5:02 am

      Thank you!!

  20. scottysdj@yahoo.com on April 13, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    You are amazing Alyssa! Love watching you and listening to you!! Keep being you! You are a shining star!! ????

    • lact1234 on April 14, 2021 at 5:00 am

      Thank you!!!

  21. Stacey Grucza on April 19, 2021 at 6:25 am

    Awesome as always Alyssa!!! Rock on!

    • Alyssa on April 19, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you!

  22. sherrydrake on April 19, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    What a talented young lady!! Good luck!

    • Alyssa on April 20, 2021 at 4:29 am

      Thank you!!

  23. Kim Montana on April 19, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    Awesome you have my vote too good luck I am old friend of the family that lived next door in Utica they were amazing an so are you . I hope you soar in everything u do u are one amazing lady

  24. Alyssa on April 19, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Thank you!!

  25. handscc on April 21, 2021 at 9:51 am

    Just tremendous!!!!

    • lact1234 on April 23, 2021 at 5:53 am

      Thank you!!

  26. Laurie Dapice on April 21, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Excellent! That is how Sheila E got to be the bad a☆• that she is! *Utica Native- Accomplished Jazz Vocalist Musician Band Leader & Composer
    “One of the best projects to come in here! Your Originals hold their own up against these old Classics; A Beautiful Album!” Alan Silverman; Grammy Award Winning Mastering Engineer.

  27. lact1234 on April 23, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Thank you! Sheila E is amazing!!!!

  28. Prerna on April 26, 2021 at 4:38 am

    Great Job !!

    • Alyssa on April 29, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you!!

  29. Jennifer Winton on April 28, 2021 at 5:30 am

    Outstanding! What an amazing talent.

    • Alyssa on April 29, 2021 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much!

  30. cpnigro on April 28, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Great job Alyssa! Wow! -From Anna and Christa

  31. Alyssa on April 29, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Hi guys! Thank you!!

  32. Marie Cerminaro on May 1, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    You are awesome! Love to watch you perform! Your passion is beyond inspiring. You deserve the WIN!

    • Alyssa on May 5, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you!

  33. Juanita Suits on May 1, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Wow! I miss jazz concerts and your performances! Way to go!
    Juanita and Arika Suits

    • Slyssa on May 5, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      I can’t wait to play again! Thank you so much!!

  34. Diane on May 1, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Great Job❣️

    • Alyssa on May 5, 2021 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you!!

  35. Anthony DeFazio on May 3, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Alyssa,
    From the first time I watched you play, I knew you had a special gift. You continue to evolve and impress. Your dedication to practicing is clearly paying off. The timing and technique you demonstrate is so far beyond your years of playing. A true inspiration to all us fellow drummers and musicians alike. You are a joy to watch! The big stage awaits! Keep shooting for those stars!
    Your Fan
    Tony D

  36. Alyssa on May 5, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Tony! Thank you so much! 🤘🏻

  37. Keith on May 8, 2021 at 6:46 am

    Tremendous cover of Hendrix’s “FIre”! Great choice of the tune to showcase your skills. Absolutely jaw dropping! Bravo!

    • Alyssa on May 14, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much! It was a blast to play!

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