Nearly 40 of the world’s top amateur drummers, percussionists and producers have been selected as the Champions and Winners of the 2018 Hit Like A Girl global contest for female drummers. These exceptional players represent a wide diversity of countries, ages and musical genres. The Hit Like A Girl contestants were judged by a group of award-winning professionals and will receive nearly $40,000 in prizes contributed by many of the world’s leading drum and percussion companies.

Started by David Levine, Drum magazine publisher Phil Hood, and Tom Tom magazine publisher Mindy Abovitz in 2012, the Hit Like A Girl has since attracted over 2,000 contestants from 50 countries. It has generated tens of millions of views online and fan votes from around the world. And it has raised the visibility of female drummers and spotlighted the efforts of girls and women.

Drum was honored to be one of the many judges for this year’s contest. Check out the video above for the HLAG awards show, hosted by percussionist Mona Tavakoli and drummer Jordan West. The show features world-premier drum duo performances by Mona and Jordan, 2014 HLAG Champion Riesha Fayson and 2015 HLAG Champion Lindsay Artkop, and 2017 HLAG Champion Faith Benson and The Warning’s Paulina Villareal. Special guests include Moty Baketas, Noriko Terada, Danielle “Daiza” Thwaites, Elizabeth Lang and more.

Here is the complete list of the 2018 Hit Like A Girl Contest winners:

Drumset <18

1st Yuki Ogawa

2nd Minji Kim

3rd Roni Kaspi

Popular: Jamie-Leigh Schultz


Drumset 18+

1st Calsey Tory

2nd Lada Obradovic

3rd Shiri Burstein

Popular: Sarra Cardile



<18 Sammy Gonzalez

18+ Nasrine Rahmani



<18 Ava Machado

18+ Anna Layza de Souza

18+ Sarah Haag



<18 Kalonica Nicx

<18 Kalyse Lee Conger

18+ Amanda Muse



<18 Kate Kuziakina 

18+ Shiri Burstein

<18 Mana Fukuda

18+ Ophelie Luminati

<18 Roni Kaspi

18+ Celine Le Vu

<18 AP Tobler

18+ Sherry Gan  

<18 Yuki Ogawa 

18+ Lada Obradovic

<18 Yoyoka Soma

18+ Audrey Stinson



1st Muzikal Dunk

2nd Marcella Fruehan 

3rd Jamie Billings

Roli: Georgia Atkinson



Joe Hibbs: Clare Martyn

MI: Payton Taylor

MI: Jamie-Leigh Schultz

SOR: Katie Ream

PASIC: Calsey Tory

Gearfest: Danielle Aslett 

TDWR: Clare Martyn

TDWR: Diane Hirakawa

TDWR: Libby Scott & Dee Bradbery



China Child: #705 Eva Lang

China Teen: #486 Hannah Piao

China Adult: #470 Yutong Chen

UK <18 Louise Honeyman

UK18+ Lenka Dundrova

France <18 Jeanne McWilliam

France 18+ Ophelie Luminati

Mexico <18 Zoe Larios

Mexico 18+ Claudia “La Wuera” Zurita