Hit Like A Girl Contest Winner To Play 2014 Percussive Arts Society Conference: Week 3 Finalists Announced

Hit Like A Girl

The 18+ winner of the 2014 Hit Like A Girl Contest will be invited to play at the PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event, to be held November 19-22, 2014, is the world’s largest annual percussion conference, featuring college and high school drumline competitions, an academic conference, convention exhibits from major drum companies, and clinics and lessons with big-name drummers from all styles of music. David Levine, the contest co-founder says “We are extremely pleased to be working with the world’s premier percussion organization to promote and support female drummers. Having a Hit Like A Girl winner at such a prestigious event spotlights the industry’s commitment to girls and women.” For details on the organization and conference visit, http://www.pas.org.

Week 3 Finalists Chosen By Drummer Jess Bowen

Jessica Bowen, drummer for power pop stalwarts the Summer Set, and Mindy Abovitz, the publisher of Tom Tom Magazine, were the celebrity judges for Week 3 of the Hit Like A Girl 2014 contest. They chose four winners, two in the 18+ and two in the Under 18 category. The winners receive GoPro cameras and advance to the finals next month. They are:

Hit Like A Girl finalist

Under 18

Miss Emily Christine whose video is a cover of the Foo Fighters “The Pretenders."

Elise “Goober 99” (United States) a fourteen-year old drummer who performs Rush’s “YYZ.”

18+ Category

Shiri Burstein (at left, from Israel) who began playing drums at age four and today is studying at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Hannah Longhagel (Austria) a 23-year old who has been playing drums 12 years.

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
  • Lux
  • 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


  • Ahead
  • Alfred
  • Avedis Zildjian
  • Bateros-com
  • Big Bang Distribution
  • Cleartune
  • Crush Drums
  • Dark Horse Percussion
  • ddrum
  • Drum For Goodness Sake
  • Drum Guru
  • DRUM! Magazine
  • Drum Workshop
  • Drumchannel.com
  • Drummer Cafe
  • Enter Music Network
  • Evans
  • Go Pro
  • Guitar Center
  • Hail Sound
  • Hudson
  • Indian Drummer
  • Innovative percussion
  • Kickport
  • Music Radar
  • OnlineDrummer
  • Overtone Labs
  • Pacific Drums & Percussion
  • Percussion Marketing Council
  • Percussive Arts Society
  • Performance Drumming
  • Planet-Drum
  • Pro-Mark
  • Rhythm Magazine
  • Robert Downs Photography
  • SKB Cases
  • The Black Page
  • Tom Tom Magazine
  • TRX Cymbals
  • Vater
  • Women In Music Network
  • Yamaha DTX
**Hit Like A Girl is a trademark of the Percussion Marketing Council. http://www.playdrums.com