D’Arcus Curry, Agnieszka Matusczak and Karmi Santiago Chosen As Winners Of Hit Like A Girl 2012 — A Contest for Female Drummers.

The sponsors and supporters of “Hit Like A Girl 2012”—along with a panel of celebrity drummer judges that includes the legendary Sheila E, Jess Bowen (The Summer Set), Susie Ibarra (Mundo Niños), Dawn Richardson (4 Non-Blondes), Kimberly Thompson, and Hannah Ford (Bellevue Suite)—are proud to announce the winners of the first ever drumming contest for girls and women.

“With so many great players to choose from, picking the top three drummers was nearly impossible; let alone choosing the top one,” comments Sheila E. “This year all the women and girls who participated really raised the bar. However, we felt that D’Arcus’ incredible drumming skills, musicianship, passion and dedication made her the best of the best.”

D’Arcus “dbaby” Curry

Named Hit Like A Girl 2012’s Grand Prize winner, D’Arcus “dbaby” Curry (USA), will receive a complete drumset package featuring Crush drums, TRX cymbals, Vater drumsticks, Evans drumheads, SKB cases and an assortment of books and DVDs from Alfred Music valued at more than $6,000.

Listen in on D’Arcus’s reaction:

Angieszka “AgaDrummer” Matusczak

Angieszka “AgaDrummer” Matusczak (Poland) was selected as the Second Place winner and will receive prizes from TRX, Vater, Evans, SKB and Alfred worth $2,500.

Listen in on Angieszka’s reaction:

Karmi Santiago

Third Place winner, Karmi Santiago (Philippines), will receive $1,500 worth of drumming gear from TRX, Vater, Evans, SKB and Alfred, as well.

All three of the top drummers will also be featured on hitlikeagirl2012.com, in upcoming issues of DRUM! and Tom Tom magazines and online at DrumChannel.com and Enter Music Network affiliates DRUMmagazine.com, DrummerCafe.com, DrummerConnection.com, OnlineDrummer.com and SickDrummerMagazine.com.

In its inaugural year, Hit Like A Girl 2012 received hundreds of video entries from female drummers as young as 8 and as old as 55 based in 30 countries around the world. Online the program generated more than 300,000 votes, millions of page views and as many as 12,000 visitors to its website per day; climbing to an Alexa ranking as high as 165,000. By bringing many of today’s most popular drum brands together with the industry’s leading print and electronic media, Hit Like A Girl 2012 celebrated the impact of women drummers’ contributions to contemporary music while supporting their continuing growth and increasing relevance within the worldwide drumming community.

Hit Like A Girl 2012 thanks the judges, sponsors, supporters and voters, and congratulates this year’s winners along with all the girls and women who participated, including a special shout-out to the other Hit Like A Girl 2012 finalists: Lindsey Ward, Nikke Blout, Illari Arbe, Arianna Fanning, Janitra Priyanka, Monica Del Valle, Lauryl Brisson, Taryn Lee Young, Mandy Tieman, Jess DeVries, Adrian Johanssen and Drashti Thakkar.

To view contest info and participant videos, or for a complete list of sponsors and supporters, go to www.hitlikeagirl2012.com and www.facebook.com/hitlikeagirl2012. Sign-up on the Hit Like A Girl mailing list to receive news about Hit Like A Girl 2013.