Our Story

You want to learn the drums, but you are busy. You may not have the time to visit a local drum teacher, but you still want, and deserve, quality instruction. Above all, it’s your spare time, and that time is priceless. You want the experience to be fun, fulfilling and rewarding, and you want goals that are attainable in a realistic time frame. Good news. We get it, and we created Drum Ambition for aspiring drummers like you. 

Drum Ambition was founded by Simon DasGupta, a Professional Drummer and Drum Educator, based in San Diego, California. Originally from the UK, he is the owner and Instructor of San Diego Drum Lessons, a teaching facility that helps student drummers of all ages and levels achieve their goals.


Over his 20 year career as a drum set instructor, Simon has gained valuable insight into the challenges faced by student drummers. Coupled with his own playing experience in theater, television, on cruise ships and with bands and independent artists; he is uniquely positioned to guide you through the joy of learning the drums, and has gained critical acclaim from some of the world’s best drummers and instructors.

Simon is deeply passionate about drum education. One of his main concerns has been the ever expanding volume of information online. While there is good content if you are prepared to search for it, there is also a lot of intimidating, confusing, incomplete and contradictory advice that can be overwhelming to the hobbyist drummer. His vision for Drum Ambition is to walk aspiring musicians step by step through this incredible journey, by providing structured, understandable and entertaining content tailored specifically to the beginner and hobbyist drummer, delivered around three main study areas - drum beats, drum fills and musicality.

Presented in superb HD production; Drum Ambition provides an unparalleled learning experience to the beginner drummer, featuring short understandable videos with on-screen music notation, accompanying PDF files, additional audio file examples, step-by-step support, and truly great value. We have recreated the intimacy of one to one drum lessons in an easy to navigate video platform. We have a structured, time proven curriculum that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home, and at a fraction of the cost of visiting a teacher.

You can read more about the Drum Ambition Difference here.


Simon DasGupta, Founder and Presenter.

Travis Becktel, Co-Founder.

Micah Johnson, Partner.

Brian Keim, Videographer and Post Production Editor.

Jonah Levine, Videographer and Post Production Editor.

Alex Boehnlein, Production Assistant.

Jamie Hamel-Smith, Web Developer.

Nick Boyle, Web Developer and Web Support.

Stacey Uy, Design and Branding.

Malon Meredith, Media Consultant.

Kevin Marquez, Videographer and Post Production Editor.

Alex Smith, Production Assistant.

Alex Gnaegy, Production Assistant.

Zach Sperrazzo, Production Assistant.

Daniel Bourget, Sound Engineer.

Alec Moore, Sound Engineer, Post Production Sound Editor.

Jorge Velázquez, Drums on all audio files.

Chris Stoddard, Music Notation Supervisor.

Alide Meredith, Motion Graphics.

Your drumming adventure awaits.

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