Moni del Valle graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico. She has toured Latin America with various pop artists such as Cristian Castro and Jannette Chao, though most of her work is now focused on musical theater in Mexico City’s theater district. She has played in shows such as Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Rent, Billy Elliot, Hello Dolly, The Lion King and Chicago and many more. She currently endorses Yamaha, Paiste, Remo, Montano drumsticks.
Swanny Elzingre is a drummer with an atypical career. Her musical encounters were more decisive than the time she spent in music schools, and the many stages she has played on have made her both an emancipated and a seasoned musician. She first learned to the play the piano, but she then turned to drums at the age of 18, as a self-taught musician. At the age of 25 she decided to make music her job. She soon became a drums teacher too, and continues to accompany artists, strenghthening her stage and studio experience. Swanny has played in various styles (rock, pop, French chanson, soul) and in a variety of projects, including promo and radio shows with French singer songwriter Cali and a tour with French singer songwriter Nach. In addition to France, she has played and/or toured in Japan, China, Canada, the UK, Switzerland, Belgium. In 2013, she gave the opening masterclass for the Drums Chelles Sessions - a major drums event/fair in the Paris region, where other featured drummers included Loïc Pontieux, Maxime Zampieri, Zaza Desiderio, Gergo Borai and Morgan Agren. In 2015, with French chanson project Juniore, Swanny toured the Zenith venues across France, to audiences of up to 6000, opening for best-selling act Brigitte (“Victoire de la Musique” laureates in 2012). She also toured in support of La Femme and played drums for Moodoid. She has played drums live on national radio stations such as France Inter, Radio Nova, Ouï FM, and on French national TV networks Canal +, France 5, Arte, France 2. Her work with Juniore led her to feature in the pages of Vogue, Elle and Grazia, and the French trend-setting magazine Les Inrockuptibles. She is Influenced by drummers such as John Bonham, Dave Grohl, David Garibaldi, Steve Gadd or Nate Smith, and their world-class grooves.
Pauline Roberts is a 22 year old percussionist, singer, composer and educator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She won a grant from the National Arts Foundation commissioning new compositions for vibraphone and electronics, traveled twice as a scholar in Malletlab’s course in Florida, performed as the youngest in the Ciclo de Música Contemporánea and was a finalist for “Hit Like a Girl”— an organization that she now represents as a Latin American ambassador.
Pauline has recorded many albums as a side-woman, with CinemaDuo, and is currently recording her first solo album. She endorses BlueHaus mallets and TRX cymbals.
Born in Japan, Noriko Terada started her musical life with the piano at the age of 3. Later, at the age of 11, she began playing percussion which she quickly fell in love with. Noriko has become internationally known for her percussion recordings for hugely popular video games Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XIII-3 and Chrono Cross Official Live.
As a multi-percussionist, she has performed at numerous venues and festivals/conventions, including Emmy Awards, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Blue Note NY, Montreal Jazz Festival, TED and many others. While touring with the world-famous Tap Dogs dance ensemble and Video Game Orchestra, Noriko performed in countries such as Japan, America, Australia, France, South Africa, England, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Germany and Dubai. She has also made numerous high-profile TV appearances, including “CCTV New Year’s Global Gala” in China, “ZDF Fernsehgarten” in Germany and “Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Mondo” in France.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Noriko has developed a great deal of versatility in musical styles. In addition to being heavily involved in the video game music world, she has performed with various mainsteam Pop, Rock and Jazz bands and numerous musical artists— from Grammy winning artist Kanye West’s Sunday Service and Anjelique Kidjo to Don Was, top film composer Alan Silvestri and many others.
- TRX Cymbals Artist
- Recording Academy/ GRAMMY Voting Member
Natalia Miranda (Moty Baketas) es una baterista de Hermosillo, Sonora, que ahora vive en la Ciudad de México. Actualmente, como parte del proyecto de Yamaha México “She’s Got The Groove”, está jugando con Salmerón, Silent Lune, Mint Parker y MonteCoral, por mencionar algunos.
Natalia Miranda (aka Moty Baketas) is a drummer from Hermosillo, Sonora who is now living in México City. Currently part of Yamaha Mexico’s project “She’s Got The Groove”, she is playing with Salmerón, Silent Lune, Mint Parker and MonteCoral to mention some.
Maneswita is a Multi-instrumentalist, Composer and Drum educator from India. She’s greatly influenced by Rock, Blues, Jazz, World and Indian music. Having been performing on stage since the age of 7, she has participated in various music competitions and performed at several places around India and abroad, as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist.
She is one of the founding members and drummer of a Delhi based all girl band called The Dragonfly Effect and recently came up with an initiative called Queens of Thrones, which featured 14 female drummers and percussionists from all around India in The World’s Biggest Online Drum Collab. QUEENS OF THRONES is an initiative to empower, support and motivate female musicians by creating a healthy learning environment in the form of collaborations.
Maneswita says that she happened to be a drummer by chance when she auditioned for her school’s all girl band back in 2011 as a guitarist, but was asked to try out the drums instead and immediately fell in love with the instrument.
In 2016, she won a Global Online Music Competition organised by Toyota called Feeling the Street, which had a participation of more than 350 musicians from across the globe, and got the opportunity to perform around Australia with a group of 5 other International Musicians as a band where they came up with their own original composition called Limit Is the Sky.
She has also worked with a group of experienced international music healers on music healing projects. Maneswita was featured on a programme called Rock The Night, which was aired on the national TV channel “Doordarshan”, and in Hyundai’s TVC called Hyundai Aura-Light Up.
In addition to drumset, Maneswita plays Djembe, darbuka and cajon— applying traditional Indian rhythms to these world percussion instruments. She aspires to be a versatile musician and hopes to inspire people, to break the stereotype and follow their dreams.
Leyan Senay is an independent drummer based in Turkey. She was born in Belgium and her first instrument was piano. She has been playing with a lot of different bands, in different genres. She has been teaching drums for 2 years. Nowadays she is making conceptual drum videos for Instagram & YouTube. Her passion for the color blue is reflected in everything from her hair to her drumsticks.
Leyan endorses Vater drumsticks, Turkish Cymbals, Cympad and Okecajon.
Georgia Challinor is a drummer from Brighton, England and is currently the drummer for singer/songwriter Luke Rainsford. She started drumming at the age of eight after playing on a friends kit and instantly fell in love.
She found found her passion for hard hitting rock by listening to drummers such as Dave Grohl, Travis Barker, Zac Farro and John Bonham early on and quickly developed her own powerful sound. Georgia found her feet touring across the UK and Europe in her teenage years and is now the live drummer for Luke Rainsford. She has been following the contest for a long time and won the special recognition award in Hit Like a Girl 2020.
Georgia proudly endorses TRX Cymbals, Collision Drumsticks and Cympad.
Denise Yeow is best known as the drummer of Singaporean speed/thrash metal band, Dezaster.
She started drumming at the age of 11 from a music school. In secondary school, she joined the symphonic band as a percussionist. Being in the symphonic band exposed her to a wide range of genres – namely jazz, funk, and pop. Her main instruments included the drum set, concert snare, and auxiliary percussion.
Not long after, she discovered Guns N’ Roses’ debut record Appetite for Destruction and found her love for heavy metal and rock music. She went on to play in several bands covering songs from GNR, AC/DC, Metallica, Motley Crue, Deep Purple, and the like. In 2017, Denise entered the Hit Like A Girl competition and emerged as a finalist, covering Iron Maiden’s “2 Minutes to Midnight”. She also participated in the 2018 edition of HLAG where she was chosen to be one of the winners of Techra Drumsticks’ Top Ten Special Award.
In April 2018, Denise was recruited into Dezaster. The band released their debut album No Surrender (2019) –also her first professional recording at age 21. In the same year, the band went on their first overseas show in Manila, Philippines in October. Dezaster has also opened for notable metal bands such as Nervosa, Coffins and Artillery in 2020. The band is currently working on their second full-length album.
Apart from her drumming duties in Dezaster, Denise is also an instructor in a music school. She hopes to impart the love of drumming to her students. She believes in constant learning and keeping an open mind to take in new concepts regardless of skill level.
Denise proudly endorses TRX Cymbals and Skygel Damper Pads.