Drumming For The Prize: Hit Like A Girl Contest Week 2 Finalists Announced

Beka The Drummer

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 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. Drummer still interested in entering can sign up at http://www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com

The February 10 winners are:

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 the drummer 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.

Brooke Custerson is a 17-year old Melbourne drummer who 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.

Everyone Wins Prizes

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.

CELEBRITY JUDGES

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

INDUSTRY JUDGES

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

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