News: Hit Like A Girl® Contest Announces Complete List Of Judges For 2017 Drumming Contest

Hit Like A Girl® Contest Announces Complete List Of Judges For 2017 Drumming Contest.
Top Professionals, Industry Executives and Educators to provide feedback, scores and support.
Hit Like A Girl is proud to announce the full list of world-class judges for the 2017 female drumming contest. According to HLAG Artist Relations Director Louise King, in addition to this year’s celebrity spokesperson Kimberly Thompson, the all-star roster of judges for the drumset categories features the top U.S. drummers as well as international players from countries such as France, Germany, Great Britain, Cuba and Japan. In addition to these leading professionals, 2016 HLAG Champions Helen De La Rosa and Becca Webster will serve as 2017 judges along with several exceptional, up-and-coming, female drummers.

Judges for the contest’s new Concert, Marching and World Percussion categories include professionals and educators from those fields while legendary/popular male drummers Kenny Aronoff, Dennis Chambers, Josh Freese and “Sput” Searight have accepted invitations to be Special Guest judges for this year’s event. Selected celebrity judges will join with top female executives from Yamaha, Sabian, Zildjian, Roland, DW, LP, Mapex and Evans to determine the winners of the six weekly mini-contests that occur within the overall Hit Like A Girl competition.

For the first time in the contest’s six-year history, every participant will also receive their score, comments and feedback from a qualified drum instructor. Educators from the Percussive Arts Society, D’Addario Education collective, Sabian Education Network and Vic Firth Private Drum Teachers programs will be responsible for the preliminary scoring using a specially created evaluation form that rates each contestant on factors such as Groove, Sound, Technique, Musicality & Interpretation, Showmanship & Effect and Presentation as well as the contestant’s personal Story.

Photos and bios for all judges can be found on the HLAG website at

Here is the complete list of judges for the 2017 Hit Like A Girl contest:

Drumset - Under 18

Jess Bowen, Lorna Blundell, Hayley Brownell, Delphine Langhoff, Nia Lovelis, Anika Nilles, Cherisse Osei, Stephanie Snyder, Lindsey Ward, Becca Webster and Hannah Welton. Special Guest Judges: Josh Freese and Robert “Sput” Searight.

Drumset - Over 18

Veronica Bellino, Camille Bigeault, Emmanuelle Caplette, Helen De La Rosa, Yissy Garcia, Senri Kawaguchi, Didi Negron, Sarah Tomek and Kimberly Thompson. Special Guest Judges: Kenny Aronoff and Dennis Chambers

Drumset - Weekly

Lindsay Artkop, Chastity Ashley, Ellie Bertrand, Terri Lyne Carrington, Meytal Cohen, Emily Dolan-Davies and Jordan West.

Industry – Weekly

Danielle Argentina, Katie Bursey, Prudence Elliott, Sarah Hagen, Elizabeth Lang, Stacey Montgomery-Clark, Terry Tlatelpa and Craigie Zildjian.

World Percussion

Carrie Biolo, Magdelys Savigne and Mona Tavakoli.

Concert Percussion

Julie Hill, Amy Knoles and Dani Markham.

Marching Percussion

Julie Davila and Sandi Rennick. Special Guest Judge: Jim Bailey.


Sam Aliano, Maximilliam Andersson, Stefano Ashbridge, Jake Bergeron, Jen Delainey, Ignazio Di Fresco, Liz Ficalora, Santo Flore, Jen Hoeft, Eric Hughes, Kerry Kennard, Kevin Lehman, Monette Marino, Jim Mola, David Natal, Scott Patterson, Mark Powers, Bianca Richardson, Meg Samples, Alex Sanguinetti, Ian Shepherd, Andy Thurston, Kelli Rae Tubbs and Zig Wajler.