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About Simon Daruvala

Simon is a 29yr old professional drummer and drum tutor based in Newbury.

Having started learning the drums in 2003, he continued his newly-found passion into secondary school, GCSE and A-level, where he passed his Grade 8 drum exam with a Distinction in 2011. After college, Simon studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music, graduating in 2015 with a 2:1 BMus(Hons) Degree in Professional Music Performance.

Simon started working as a session musician as quickly as 2016, mainly playing at weddings and similar functions for bands all over the country. He began teaching in 2017, working for Rocksteady Music School alongside his band commitments, and in the last 6 years has also taught lessons for Hogan Music, The Rock Project and began his private tuition business in 2020.

Simons work as a professional drummer has also expanded rapidly over this time, and 2023 he performed at international residencies in Europe and the Middle East, toured Germany with two established originals artists, headlined multiple UK festivals, and played a run of UK theatre shows with the All or Nothing Experience.


In 2024, Simon has already performed at 2 residencies in the alps, and is now the main drummer for the 'All or Nothing' touring theatre show. He is also working with 80s & 90s theatre show 'Calling Planet Earth' - performing at UK theatre shows including Dublin and Belfast, and has a number of shows lined up with his Stereophonics tribute band. For more live videos and content, visit Simons professional drummer website -

Alongside theatre shows and international residencies, Simon regularly performs with his two self-managed function bands (Various Artists and Two & a Half Men trio) which can be found here -

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