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HLAG PASIC 2017 Group

Three recently-crowned champions from the 2017 Hit Like A Girl female drumming contest will perform as part of a special event taking place during the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention (PASIC) being held November 8-11 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. A drum festival within a drum festival, the HLAG Showcase highlights the expanding gender, musical and social diversity of the drumming community and takes place in Room 500 at 9:00 AM on Friday, November 10, 2017.

The featured performers are:

Helly (Elisa Montin) is the 2017 Hit Like A Girl Champion in the over 18 age group of the drumset category. Helly is from Venice, Italy. She is the first HLAG winner from outside the United States to perform at PASIC and the first Metal/EDM drummer to win the contest. (www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/elisa-montin

Anastasiya “AJ” Kostromina is the 2017 winner in the upper age group of the marching percussion category. AJ was born in Russia but grew up and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she works, teaches and performs. The Marching, Concert and World percussion categories were added to the contest for the first time this year. (www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/anastasiya-kostromina)Anastasiya “AJ” Kostromina is the 2017 winner in the upper age group of the marching percussion category. AJ was born in Russia but grew up and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she works, teaches and performs. The Marching, Concert and World percussion categories were added to the contest for the first time this year. (www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/anastasiya-kostromina)

Annapurna “AP” Tobler was born and raised in San Jose, CA. The fiery 12-year old is a 2017 finalist and the winner of the online public voting in the under 18 division of the drumset category. AP got her start at the San Jose School of Rock and also plays bass and guitar. She  made a guest appearance on the 2017 HLAG Awards Show on DrumChannel.com. (www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com/annapurna-tobler)

The Hit Like A Girl Showcase is open to all PASIC attendees and is sponsored by Hit Like A Girl and PAS along with Evans, Ludwig, Mapex, Sabian and Zildjian. Other major HLAG supporters include DW, Roland, Sweetwater and Yamaha. Stop by booth #1505 during PASIC to learn more about Hit Like A Girl program. For additional information visit www.pasic.org or www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com.


Now in its 7th year, the Hit Like A Girl Contest has had more than 2,500 participants from 50 countriesand more than 10,000,000 online impressions. Sponsors have included many of today’s leading drum, percussion, hardware, electronics and media companies while judges have included some of the most popular, most important and most influential drummers on the planet. Hit Like A Girl’s 2017 co-spokesperson was Kimberly Thompson.



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