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Two Americans (US), a Brazilian, and a Down Under drummer from Melbourne Australia captured the Week 2 GoPro awards in the Hit Like A Girl Contest. The weekly winners, who automatically will be in the final round of judging in April, were selected by Craigie Zildjian, President of the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal
Company, and celebrity judge Cherisse Osei, the UK drummer who currently holds the throne behind singer Bryan Ferry. Weekly winners are chosen until the end of the entry period, March 1. Drummers who are interested in entering can sign up at www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com until February 28.


The February 10 winners are:

Over 18 Category

Megan Clarke is an extremely versatile percussionist originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is currently going to UW Oshkosh for a Bachelor’s of Music in percussion performance and recording. She began her music career by starting piano lessons at the age of six and began to study percussion at the age of 11. Her demo takes you on a Latin drumming thrill ride.

Beka Panepinto is an aspiring performer who teaches drums in Nashville. She got started when a friend gifted her a drum set at the age of 12. Check out her country chops.

Under 18 Category

Leticia Santos is a Brazilian drummer whose heavy demo video shows off her fusion and hard-rock skills. Leticia is just 14 and plays in a band called Black Aces.

17-year old Melbourne drummer, Brooke Custerson, says she got serious about drums after seeing Mark Schulman perform at a Pink concert when she was 14. She is in a pop band Iced Upon Anchor. Her demo features her drumming along with Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven.”

The Contest

Hit Like A Girl is the global contest for female drummers featuring prizes totaling more than $20,000. Girls and women drummers can enter in one of two age categories between now and March 1. Each week finalists are chosen by celebrity judges and industry personnel. Following the entry period there are three weeks of fan voting to help determine wildcard finalists. The finalists are announced March 24, 2014 and then the celebrity judges review all the videos again. Winners are announced April 4, 2014.


The top three finalists are guaranteed to win acoustic or electronic drum sets from Pacific Drums & Percussion or Yamaha DTX Drums. Runners-up 3 through 10 will receive additional prizes that may include drums, hardware, cases, sticks, and heads. All entrants will win something, though including gift
certificates, digital subscriptions, web site memberships, or free instructional downloads.

Emmanuele Caplette
Hannah Ford
Jess Bowen
Meytal Cohen
Dawn Richardson
Alexey Poblete
Emily Dolan-Davies
Cherisse Osei
Valeria Sepulveda
Allison Miller
Samantha Maloney
Sheila E
Kate Schellenbach
Nia Lovelis
Jen ledger
Didi Negron

Mindy Abovitz
Craigie Zildjian
Sarah Heil
Michelle Levitt
Kim Willis
Jordan Liffengren
Prudence Elliott

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