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Hit Like A Girl

HitLikeAGirlContest.com features new Videos, Judges, Sponsors and free Play-Along Tracks.

With the official, January 24th start of the 2014 Hit Like A Girl female drumming contest just days away, drummers, fans and the general public can now visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com to view videos of past winners and learn about this year’s sponsors, prizes and celebrity judges as well as how to participate in the popular, international drumming contest for women and girls. The new site also features a selection of free, downloadable “Groove Essentials” play-along tracks courtesy of Tommy Igoe and Hudson Music.

The 2014 contest will once again be divided into under and over 18 age divisions however, to create a more exciting and inclusive event for the drumming community, the voting and judging process has been revised and improved. During the five-week entry period (January 24 through February 28), two-woman teams consisting of a celebrity drummer and an industry representative will choose four weekly winners. The “mini-contest” judging will bring well-known drummers including Jess Bowen, Meytal Cohen, Hannah Ford and Emmanuelle Caplette together with the top female executives in the drum business, such as Craigie Zildjian and Sarah Hagen (Zildjian), Prudence Elliot (Yamaha), Angela Zammit (D’Addario), Mindy Abovitz (Tom Tom) and others. Each week a different pair of judges will select two finalists in each age group with all weekly winners moving on to the finals and the upper age division “Drummers Of The Week” receiving a GoPro video camera.

Once the entry period ends, three weeks of open, online voting by fans and friends will determine ten additional finalists from each age division. The combined finalists from the weekly selection and popular voting phases will then be rated by a panel of judges made up of a who’s-who of leading female drumming professionals from around the world. The list of confirmed and invited judges includes Gina Schock, Sheila E, Kimberley Thompson, Cindy Blackman-Santana, Allison Miller, Jen Ledger, Elaine Bradley, Samantha Maloney, Dawn Richardson, Kate Schellenbach, Vera Figueiredo, Carola Grey, Senri Kawaguchi, Cherisse Ofosu-Osei, Emily Dolan-Davies and Nia Lovelis plus last year’s Hit Like A Girl champions Val Sepulveda and Alexey Poblete. The 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest winners will be announced on special, Drum Channel event on Thursday, April 10.

For the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest, new sponsors — including Premier Sponsors Guitar Center and GoPro along with Prize Sponsor Avedis Zildjian — join returning sponsors DRUM! and Tom Tom magazines, TRX Cymbals, Drum Workshop, Yamaha, Vater, Evans, Drum Channel, Overtone Labs, and SKB. Additional 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest support includes:

  • Supporting Sponsors: Big Bang Distribution, Crush, Ddrum, Heil Sound and Innovative Percussion.
  • Media Sponsors: Drummer Cafe, Drum Guru, Enter Music Network. Hudson Music, Indian Drummer, Music Radar, Online Drummer, Performance Drumming, Percussion Marketing Council, Percussive Arts Society, Rhythm and The Black Page.

Thanks to the generous support of these companies the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest will be able to provide participants and winners with $20,000+ worth of drums, cymbals, heads, sticks, accessories and media coverage. In addition, the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest champion in the upper age division will have an opportunity to perform at the 2014 PAS International Convention, November 19–22, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Additional information on prizes, sponsors, judges and other activities will be announced at the Guitar Center Drum-Off Finals in Los Angeles on January 18, 2014, during a special event at the Zildjian booth at the NAMM Show on January 24, 2014 and at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com when the contest goes live at 12:01 AM, January 24, 2014. To learn more visit any Guitar Center location or log on to www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com. Follow HLAG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hitlikeagirlcontest.