Important Notice Regarding Prizes For The 2020 Hit Like A Girl Contest

While the sponsors of the 2020 HLAG Contest were confirmed earlier this year, some of the specific prizes were not determined prior to the time the drum industry shut-down for COVID-19 safety. Therefore, we are not able to publish a complete list of prizes at this time. In addition, delivery of some prizes may be delayed due to limited availability. We will update this page with more information as it becomes available. (Prizes and specifications subject to change without notice.)

More than $75,000 in prizes will be awarded to dozens of drummers, percussionists and beat makers in the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest. Prizes include drums, cymbals, sticks, heads,  accessories and educational material as well as scholarships and performance opportunities to some of the most prestigious events and music camps in the world.


Ableton has generously donated a free update to one of the world's most popular DAWs: Ableton Live 10.


The winners of HLAG 2020 Mexico will receive a selection of Aquarian snare drum heads.

Batterie Magazine

Winners of the French regional of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest will receive a one-year subscription to France's leading publication.

Berklee College Of Music

A full tuition online scholarship to the world-famous, “Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive” summer program. The winner of the Berklee award will be selected in the “13-17” category and provided the opportunity to spend 5 weeks studying online with Berklee's world renowned faculty. The program is designed for high school students and features classes, private lessons and ensemble rehearsals under the direction of the Berklee instructors. Many alumni of this program have completed their undergraduate degree at Berklee and gone on to successful careers in the music industry.

Big Fat Snare Drum

The Big Fat Snare Drum was engineered to effortlessly transform any drum into your very own vintage, beefy, thumpy, 70’s-inspired BIG FAT SNARE DRUM. Simply placed on top of your existing Snare or Tom skin, the custom blend of patented rubber and plastic instantly lowers the fundamental pitch of the drum and delivers that sought after, authentic, deep & warm tone we all know & love. The BFSD was designed for the drummer’s convenience and makes it easier than ever to achieve that signature sound with no need to retune or bring extra drums. (MSRP $30.00)

Black Swamp Percussion

One outstanding winner of tHit Like A Girl 2020 will receive a 5.5"x14" Dynamicx "Back Beat" snare drum. The BackBeat's beefy 9-ply Keller Magnum shell will always ask for more, all while delivering the fantastic "Pre-EQ'ed" sound of a quality maple shell.


Craviotto's Heritage Snare Drum pays tribute to master drum builder, Johnny Craviotto. The Heritage Series is the gold standard in Solid Shell snare drums and epitomizes Johnny's tenure, craftsmanship, and vision in a snare drum. The Heritage features a one-ply, solid Maple shell. The 6x14 size is perfect for all musical applications.

Our coveted one-ply, solid shell offers the range to go up or down a few sizes tonally without sacrificing body, tone, and sensitivity. The Heritage wears our founder's lug with pride. Finally, we added our new signature red inlay as a tip of the cap to the man and the mentor who made this drum what it is today.


All Hit Like A Girl 2020 International and Weekly contest Drumset Champions and winners will receive an assortment of Cympad Optimizer, Chromatic and Moderator cellular foam cymbal washers along with Cympad's new Shark gated drum dampener (MSRP $35.00 each)


The "Shark" from Cympad International is a new type of "gated" snare drum dampener that reacts to the force of the stroke to reduce unwanted over-ring. Made from advanced cellular foam, the Shark is part of the prize package being provided to all International and Weekly winners of this year's contest.


The Dixon Drum Company has provided 2 drums from its legendary Cornerstone Snare Drum collection for this years Hit Like A Girl contest. One of the 6.5˝x14˝ drums features a North American Maple shell with a dark real finish and the other has a deep blue acrylic shell. Both also come equipped with natural maple counterhoops. (MSRP $559.99 each.)


Hit Like A Girl 2020 prizes from Drum Workshop include a DW 6.5x14˝ Performance Series Chrome over Steel Snare Drum (MSRP $549.99).


Drum Workshop is also contributing a DW 9000 Series Double Bass Drum Pedal (MSRP $999.99).           

Evans Drumheads

HLAG 2020 Champions and winners will receive a selection of Evans Drumheads, including G2, UV and EQ heads for drumsets and snare drums.


Gibraltar is the rack industry leader, with unlimited mounting options and capabilities. If you can dream it you can build it. The GCS375R Rack is a two-post curved rack with two side wings and two mini cymbal boom arms. (MSRP $589.99)

The racks's features include:
– Wide range of mounting options
– Multiple drums, cymbals, accessories
– Great for 5, 6, and 7 piece set ups
– Minimizes set up time and footprint size
– Use with drum set, hand percussion, and electronic drums
– Fits into a bag
– Works with vast assortment of add on parts for customizing purposes

Gonher Music

Gonher Distribuidora in Mexico is providing Evans snare drum heads to the winners of the Mexico regional contest.


There's nothing like the classic sound and feel of a classic Gretsch snare drum. Perfect for a wide range of playing situations, the drums offer the perfect combination of sensitivity and tone at a wide range of tunings. This 6.5x14˝ "Full Range" Hammer Black Steel Snare Drum is provided by the Gretsch Drum Co. (MSRP $ 583.99)

Haram Drumsticks

Winners of the Mexico regional contest will receive a selection of drumsticks from Mexico's leading drumstick maker, Haram.

Hudson Music

All HLAG winners will also receive a copy of Hudson's Digital Book Sampler including sample chapters from the some of the latest and most-popular digital eBooks in their catalog, such as:

  • Steve Smith: Pathways of Motion
  • Mark Guiliana: Exploring Your Creativity on the Drumset
  • Tommy Igoe: Groove Essentials 2: The Play-Along
  • Mike Adamo: The Breakbeat Bible
  • Franck Agulhon: The Complete Drum Book – Finding Your Own Path
  • Bernhard Lackner: Step It Up – Drum Play Along

Hudson Music

Hudson Music offers a huge collection of books, CDs and DVDs written by today's leading drummers and educators, covering a wide range of topics and recommended for drummer of all ages and abilities. (MSRP $15 and up) The Champions and winners in all 4 age groups of the Drumset category in the International and Weekly contests will receive a targeted selection of Hudson titles, such as:

  • Tommy Igoe- Groove Essentials 1.0 book/audio
  • Tommy Igoe- Groove Essentials 1.0 video
  • Jojo Mayer - Secret Weapons For the Modern Drummer
  • Benny Greb - The Language Of Drumming


HLAG 2020 Champions and winners will receive an assortment of Innovative Percussion sticks, brushes and accessories, including:

Drumsticks — IP-A7X -Brooks Wackerman Signature (16.5” x .626˝ to .630˝) • SE-1 - Sheila E. Signature (16.25˝ 1/4" x .530") • IP-5A (16.125˝ x .565˝) • IP-L5B (16.125˝ x .595˝) • IP-HB (16˝ x .580˝)

Brushes — BMZ-1 Slim Broomz • BR-1 (Retractable light nylon filament) • BR-3 (Non-retractable medium nylon filament on a 5/8˝ wooden handle)

Stick Bag — DSB-2 Synthetic Leather Stickbag

Innovative Percussion

Available in a wide selection of standard and artist models, Innovative Percussion marching snare drum sticks are made of hickory, a wood that's strong and dense enough to handle the abuses of a marching season. Innovative Percussion also offers a full range of premium-quality sticks, mallets and brushes for every percussion instrument and situation.

La Baguetterie

Winners of the French regional of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest will receive a goody bag containing sticks, t-shirts and other accessories courtesy of the top drumshop in Paris.


A selection of Ludwig drumsets and snare drums will be awarded to the winners of the 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest. Ludwig's American-made "Classic Oak" drums feature a host of custom-quality touches along with an exclusive 5-ply Maple and Oak hybrid shell. The drums offer a combination warmth, punch and focus. The "Mod' configuration includes 18x22" Bass Drum, 10x12" and 9x13" Rack Toms and 16x16" Floor Tom. (MSRP $3550)


The Ludwig chrome Supralite 5.5x14˝ snare drum comes from the long line of classic and popular Ludwig snare drums. (MSRP $306)


The Ludwig Ultimate snare drum takes the existing Free-Floater model to a whole new level. Designed to meet today's marching demands, the Ultimate snare drum allows the player to achieve clean and crisp articulations with minimal weight. The secret is in the lightweight aluminum hardware that secures the heads, allowing the thick 8-ply Maple shell to be completely suspended for exceptional projection and resonance.


Hit Like A Girl Beatmaking winners will join 200,000 musicians building their skills with Melodics— the desktop app that teaches you to play MIDI keyboards, pad controllers and drums. It’s free to download and comes with 60 free lessons to get you started, btw.

Musician’s Institute

Two online scholarships to MI’s “Summer Shot” will be awarded to Hit Like a Girl 2020 contestants in the 13-17 age group.

Native Instruments

The world's leading music production suite, Native Instrument's "Komplete 12" DAW includes MASSIVE X, KONTAKT 6, TRK-01, DISCOVERY SERIES: MIDDLE EAST, SESSION STRINGS 2, MOD PACK and 10 Expansions. In all the package features 60+ products, more than 25,000 sounds, and over 220 GB of instruments and effects. A download of the award-winning software will be provided to a winner in the 2020 HLAG Beatmaking contest. (MSRP $599.99)


The Champions of the under and over 18 age groups in this year's Beatmaking contest will each receive a Novation Launchpad controller. Compatible with Ableton music software, the Launch Pad Pro and Launchpad X are used by students and professional the world over.

Pacific Drums (PDP)

PDP has contributed their great sounding, great looking yet surprising affordable Concept Classic Wood Hoop shell-packs to this year's HLAG contest. The kits include 16x22˝ kick drum, 10x13˝ rack tom and 16x16˝ floor tom plus a PDP bas drum pedal and throne. (MSRP$789.99) Snare drum, cymbals and stands are not included.


For Hit Like A Girl 2020, Pearl is generously providing prizes for Champions and winners in the Drumset category, including the DMP905P Decade Maple Series kit features a 20x16" kick, 10x7" and 12x8" rack toms, 14x14" floor tom and a 14x5.5" snare drum in Satin Brown Burst (MSRP $1,217.99). The kit also includes a 930 Series Hardware pack consisting of a BC930 boom stand, C930 straight stand, S930 snare stand, H930 hi-hat stand and P930 pedal (MSRP $856.99).


Used by today's top DCI corps, Pearl FFX Championship Series snare drums have won more than their share of High Percussion Awards. The combination of six plies of 100% maple free-floating in a super lightweight aircraft aluminum frame creates a force to be reckoned with.


Other Pearl prizes include a 14x5.5" Modern Utility Maple Snare Drum in Natural Maple (MSRP $289.99) and an Eliminator Solo Bass Drum Pedal (Red Cam) (MSRP $219.00).

Percussive Arts Society

Multiple HLAG 2020 Champions will be offered an opportunity to attend and perform at an upcoming PASIC convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.


5 winners in the HLAG Beatmaking category will receive a free copy of Presonus' new, advanced yet easy to use Studio One DAW. (MSRP $149.95)


A selection of Promark's popular drumsticks, brushes, mallets and accessories from their classic Oak, Hickory and Firegrain series will be provided to Hit Like A Girl Champions and Winners .


Puresound Snare Wires are known for their classic sound and superior sensitivity. Available in a wide selection of models, Hit Like A Girl Champions will each receive a set of the highly coveted accessory.


Champions and Winners of the Drumset category of 2020 Hit Like A Girl contest will receive a selection of Remo drumheads, including Pinstripe ProPack drumset sets and Ambassador top and bottom snare drum sets. (Total MSRP of all prizes is $2700.00)


Featuring a host of innovations that have made them the leader in sound and performance on the field and off, Remo Marching Drumheads are available in a full range of snare drum, tenor and bass drum types, weights, sizes and finishes. Shown are Falams® Smooth White and Black Max® marching snare drum heads.


Roland's new SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more. The perfect addition to any acoustic or electronic drum kit, percussion setup, DJ booth, or keyboard rig, the SPD-SX is equally at home on the live stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite, or dance club.


TD-17-KVX V-Drums kit and rack offers sounds, pads and features inspired by Roland's V-Drums collection— putting the value-packed TD-17KVX squarely in pro territory. At the heart of this kit is the TD-17 module, with a sound engine and 50 preset drum kits built around Roland's flagship TD-50. User-importable drum sounds and wireless Bluetooth support for music and MIDI streamline practice, jamming and song building. New for the TD-17KVX are Roland's 12" dual-trigger PDX-12 snare pad with two-ply tunable mesh head, floating VH-10 stand-mount hi-hat and dynamic KD-10 kick tower. A trio of mesh-headed 8" toms, two 12" crashes, and Roland's three-zone 13" CY-13R ride complete the package. (MSRP $1700.00)


The year's HLAG India winners will each receive a Roland SPD::ONE from Roland India. Available in a choice of 4 modules, the SPD::ONE is a new type of digital percussion pad that allows any musician to add a range of percussion sounds and effects to their live and recorded performances. The pads can be played with sticks, hands or feet. Whether you’re a drummer or percussion player, the SPD::ONE is a simple and flexible way to expand your sound palette..

School Of Rock

One under 18 contestant in the drumset category will receive a full tuition* scholarship for a one semester performance/lesson package at their local School Of Rock location. *Full Tuition scholarships do not include travel, housing or food.


One HLAG 2020 Winner will be invited to attend and perform at a future edition of Sweetwater's world-famous Gearfest held in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


One of the winners in the Japanese regional contest will receive a Tama Iron Cobra single bass drum pedal.


No matter what style of music you play, Techra has the right stick for you. Our durable, carbon fiber, composite "X-Carb" drumsticks can expand the sonic potential of your playing. And, with 7 types of Techra drumsticks available, you're sure to find the perfect stick for every playing style, including sticks designed specifically for heavy metal and electronic drums. Available for winners in the Drumset and Weekly contests. (MSRP $49.99)

The Sessions

Chosen by a panel of leading drum industry professionals, this year's “Joe Hibbs Memorial Scholarship” will be awarded to the HLAG entry that exhibits the most passion, perseverance and positivity.

TRX Cymbals

Custom-crafted from B20 Bronze, TRX "High-Contrast" Cymbals are played by many of the world's top young Rock, Pop, R&B, Latin, Jazz and Metal drummers. HLAG prizes include a selection of TRX Crash and Effects cymbals. (MSRP $225.00-$495.00)


A founding sponsor of the Hit Like A Girl contest and a major supporter of the female drumming community, Vater will provide prizing for Champions and Winners in all age groups of the Drumset category. Winners will receive a variety of sticks from Vater's Classic, American Hickory, Xtreme Design and Nude series as well as a selection of brushes, mallets and accessories. (MSRP from $12.99 to $40.99)


Vater's Marching Percussion sticks and mallets are made from advanced designs and proven materials for unsurpassed reliability in the pit and on the field. The line features keyboard percussion and bass drum mallets as well as snare drum, tenor and drumset sticks— played and recommended by championship drumlines and leading professionals.

Vic Firth

As a sponsor of Hit Like A Girl 2020, Vic Firth will provide this year's Champions and Winners with a selection of American Classic® 5A Drumsticks. The #1 stick in the world is great for every style of music— combining tradition and style with bold new designs. (MSRP $16.25/pr.)

Vic Firth

Field tested and field proven, the superior designs of the Vic Firth Corpsmaster® line reflect years of collaboration with the world’s finest drum and bugle corps. Available in a wide range standard and Signature models using hand-selected Hickory and Laminated Birch, the sticks meet the physical and musical demands of marching drummers from high schools and universities to competitive and professional applications.


WFLIII Drums are "the sound of generations". The company's prizes for HLAG 2020 include a 3-piece "Jazz" shell-pack (18x22˝ bass drum, 9x13˝ rack tom, 16x16˝ floor tom) in white marine pearl. The drums feature WFLIII's exclusive "Generations" shells made from a classic 3-ply (Maple/Poplar/Maple) design to provide exceptional playability and response. (Snare drum, hardware and cymbals are not included.) (MSRP $3,772.00)


Also from WFLIII: a 6.5x14˝ "Generations" Maple snare drum in red smoke finish featuring a 3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple shell and chrome hardware (MSRP $1,017.00)


Whether you are practicing, recording, performing or sharing, the Yamaha EAD10 electronic acoustic drum module makes playing your acoustic drums inspiring and fun. The EAD10 enhances the way you practice, record and perform with your acoustic drums and frees your musical creativity. Easy setup lets you pop on your headphones and instantly hear studio-quality sound (including effects and triggered samples) with Scenes designed to match a wide variety of music. It's simple to record high-quality audio to the module, USB flash drive or computer. The free iOS app allows you to create stunning audio and video and easily share it directly from your mobile device. (MSRP $629.00)


The Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 has many applications. It’s perfect for the acoustic drummer looking to add electronics to their kit; the hand percussionist who needs a full palette of percussion instruments in a versatile self-contained unit; or as a percussion controller for a producer in a recording studio setting. It’s a great solution for anyone looking to add top-notch percussion sounds and rhythms to their music. (MSRP $900.00)


Taking its name from Ilham, the Turkish word for inspiration, Zildjian's new I Family is a collection of expressive sounds designed to bring your playing to the next level. Broaden your sonic horizons from the fundamentals, and let your individual voice shine with this family of cymbals that feature modern weights and sizes, hammering, and extensive lathing.

The Pro Gig Pack includes 14" hihat pair, 16" and 18" crashes and full 20" ride— everything you need to tackle any genre of music.


Zildjian's effects cymbals feature an ever-expanding choice of sounds that are musically relevant yet tonally diverse... from the distinct 'dirty' sound of the K Cluster Crashes and ultra-trashy, dark and low pitched Crash Of Doom to the trashy and raw FX Stacks and trashy and bright Trash Crash.


Extra weight for added volume. Smooth, bright and penetrating. Specially designed in close association with the world's top drum corps specialists. The warm, shimmering sound of Zildjian's "Stadium" cymbals projects clearly into every corner of a stadium, with the ability for emphatic "zing" effects and a smooth, bright blend of overtones.