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Industry News — May 2023

140th Celebratory Concert at NYC’s The Cutting Room
Gretsch Drums announced Gretsch Night in New York City: a special one-night-only event to celebrate 140 years of Gretsch Drums history, featuring performances by drummers Mark Guiliana, Will Calhoun, Nate Wood, and Bill Stewart. The event will be held Tuesday, May 23. from 7–9 p.m. EDT at The Cutting Room in New York City and will be released on a limited edition vinyl album. For more information about this concert and to buy tickets visit

Partnership with POUND Fitness
Female advocacy organization Hit Like A Girl and fitness innovator POUND Fitness have teamed up to raise awareness and promote drumming and drumming-related activities as an ideal way to enhance physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

“Both of our organizations have realized the power that music and rhythm have to unlock something in us that makes us feel more connected, empowered and at home in our bodies. Hit Like a Girl does that through empowering young women to play drums and celebrating those that do, and POUND does that through fitness classes that allow participants to become the instrument and connect with their bodies and those around them.” says POUND Founder and CEO Kirsten Potenza. 

Hit Like A Girl and POUND recently came together for a kick-off event in Los Angeles that included a drumming-inspired, drumming-supported workout session, a performance by a mother-daughter drum duo, and the opportunity for attendees to have a hands-on drumming experience. The event concluded with an all-female panel discussion on the benefits of music and rhythmic movement on wellness that included a music therapist, professional drummer, and a wellness coach with a focus on body percussion. 

In addition, POUND is currently offering a free, 6-month membership for its “Backstage” on-demand exercise courses to all Hit Like A Girl contest participants as well as selling a specially-priced HLAGxPOUND Backstage bundle with all proceeds matched by POUND and going to support Hit Like A Girl’s outreach.

POUND and Hit Like A Girl indicated that these programs are just the first steps in establishing an ongoing relationship between the two organizations based on a unified mission to facilitate growth, empowerment, and a healthy lifestyle for girls and women around the world.

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