2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest

Mike Lawson • News • January 8, 2014

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Contest Promotes Female Drummers Of All Ages And Musical Styles

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.

Weekly Winners Win GoPro Cameras

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), 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.


Fan Voting Determines Wild Card Finalists

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 for the finals round also includes Dawn Richardson (US), Senri Kawaguchi (Japan), Cherisse-Ofosu-Osei (UK), Emily Dolan-Davies (UK), Samantha Maloney (US), Nia Lovelis, and many others to be named shortly. Plus last year’s Hit Like A Girl champions, Val Sepulveda and Alexey Poblete, will serve as judges for the contest. The 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest winners will be announced on a Drum Channel event on Thursday, April 10.


Additional Sponsors Support HLAG

Sponsors for the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest include:

·      Guitar Center

·      GoPro along

·      Avedis Zildjian

·      DRUM! magazine

·      Tom Tom magazines

·      TRX Cymbals

·      Drum Workshop

·      Yamaha DTX

·      Vater

·      Evans

·      Drum Channel

·      Overtone Labs

·      SKB


Thanks to the support of companies like these, 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.

For More Information

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 or www.facebook.com/hitlikeagirlcontest.

To view 2013 winners visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/contest/history

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