May 23, 2022 I Event

Hit Like A Girl Names 2022 Winners, Honors Ukrainian Drummers

Hit Like A Girl (HLAG) has announced the winners of the 2022 Hit Like A Girl contest. The announcement marks the culmination of this year’s global celebration of drumming and beatmaking that featured hundreds of participants from dozens of countries around the world and players of nearly every age. The complete results are now on the HLAG website.

“Thanks to our sponsors, judges and management team, our organization was able to make more than 200 individual awards in the main, regional, weekly and mini-contests,” said David Levine, HLAG executive director. “This is a testament to the growth of our movement and the impact the female community is making on drumming.”

In addition, Hit Like A Girl has presented a special Perseverance Award to the seven Ukrainian drummers who, despite very difficult circumstances due to the Russian invasion of their country, still entered this year’s contest. Working together with leading drumstick companies Vic Firth, Promark, London, Vater and Techra, as well as drum education website Drumeo, Los Angeles-based drummer Kristen Gleeson-Prata and HLAG Ukrainian Ambassador Iryna Butko, the organization is sending an assortment of drumsticks and practice pads to the drummers in recognition of the extraordinary effort they made to represent themselves and Ukraine in the international drumming contest.

The Perseverance Award recipients are: Solomiia Yavorska, Anna Kolisnychenko, Mariana Sachyk, Anastasiia Arutiunova (aka Betty Kreg), Alevtina Bystrik, Anna Oliinyk and Oksana Dezera.

“Now, I can’t play drums — I had to leave my home and could not even take my sticks with me,” Sachyk said. “But, I believe that in the very near future I will play again. I know that I will be back. Entering the contest is just my promise to myself that, despite everything, I still love drumming and I will continue doing it very soon.”

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