About Simon

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. At Drum Ambition, we want to give you the experience of a one-to-one drum lesson, at a fraction of the cost.

You can read more about the Drum Ambition Difference here.


The Team.

Simon DasGupta, Founder and Presenter.

Travis Becktel, Co-Founder.

Brian Keim, (Analog Media Productions) Videographer and Post Production Editor.

Jonah Levine, (Analog Media Productions) Videographer and Post Production Editor.

Alex Boehnlein, (Analog Media Productions) Production Assistant.

Jamie Hamel-Smith, Web Developer.

Nick Boyle, Web Developer and Web Support.

Stacey Uy, Design and Branding.

Malon Meredith, (Axis Media) Media Consultant.

Kevin Marquez, (Axis Media) 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.