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HLAG Expands Into A Year-Round Promotion Of Female Drummers And Drumming

Jessica Bowen

After producing the groundbreaking Hit Like A Girl women’s and girls’ drumming contest for multiple years, the sponsors of the annual event have announced plans to expand the program into a year-round, industry-wide promotion of female drummers and drumming. The group intends to launch a public relations and social media outreach in the coming months and will be seeking to collaborate with other organizations that have the goal of increasing the quantity and quality of female drummers around the world in common.

In conjunction with this development, Hit Like A Girl has also announced that Jessica Bowen, drummer for the popular, Arizona-based, power-pop band The Summer Set, has agreed to become the campaign’s official spokesperson for 2014. As Hit Like A Girl’s spokesperson, Jess will help promote women’s drumming through her live, studio and video performances, media activities and trade show appearances (subject to availability). She will also once again contribute her time and expertise as a judge for the 2014 Hit Like Girl Contest that’s scheduled to kick-off January 15, 2014.

A veteran of numerous major tours and record releases since The Summer Set formed in 2007, Jess Bowen has established herself as one of today’s top young drummers as well as a role model and advocate for other female musicians— although drumming wasn’t exactly her first choice. "My father and my older brother both played the drums so, when I asked my dad to buy me a guitar, he told me that I had to play the drums instead,” Jess says. “I guess I was ‘forced’ into being a drummer, but I'm extremely thankful for growing up in a house full of drums, drummers and drumming now."

“I started out playing in my junior high school school jazz band. Buddy Rich’s ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ was the first song I ever learned to play. When I was in the 8th grade I was approached by some of my friends who asked if I’d be interested in joining their band to play covers of Blink-182 and Green Day songs. At the time these were some of my favorite bands, so I happily agreed. Eventually, with a lot of work and a few line-up changes, we became The Summer Set.”

“It probably throws people off, because it’s like, 'There’s a girl in the band... but wait, she’s the drummer, not the singer?’ I remember playing one of our first big shows in L.A. and the audio engineer wouldn’t let me soundcheck my own drums. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll hit them like a girl.’ I realized then that even though the band was blowing-up, I’d still have to overcome the stereotypes and preconceptions that all female drummers face. However, I’m glad to see those perceptions are changing as people see more and more successful female drummers in what I hope is becoming a less and less male-dominated drumming world.”

Visit www.hitlikeagirlcontest.com to see the video entries from the 2013 Hit Like A Girl contest, including the winners and finalists in both the over and under 18 age divisions. Follow us at www.facebook.com/hitlikeagirlcontest and contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

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