Simon Dring’s obsession with percussion began at the age of six when he was chosen to play maracas in a school concert – apparently he was the only one in his class able to hold a steady rhythm. Upon moving to Norfolk when he was eight, he got his first real drum-kit and began drum lessons with the late Angus Honeyman and then Colin Brady.
At the age of 18, he took up playing music full-time, and also began teaching. Since then, he has done well over 1500 gigs with many different groups including orchestras, pop, rock, brass, silver and blues bands, jazz ensembles, choirs, function bands, shows, plays, drum masterclasses, festivals etc.
Simon has gigged across the UK, Europe, New Zealand and America. He has worked with bands/artists including Oli Brown, Nina Baker, Billy Walton Band, Malaya Blue, Beat Connection, Ultra90s, Spike, and dozens more.
He has supported bands and artists such as Walter Trout, California Guitar Trio, Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Blue Oyster Cult, Eric Sardinas, Gary Moore, Devon Allman, Jon Cleary, Aynsley Lister, and many more. Festival appearances include Glastonbury Festival, G-Taranaki (New Zealand), High Voltage, Colne Blues Festival, Burnley Blues Festival, Blues On The Farm, Bedford Rhythm Festival, Newark Blues Festival and many more.
Simon has played on numerous demos and projects for bands and artists and has recorded at studios in the UK, America and Europe including Rockfield Studios, UK, Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee and BBC Maida Vale Studios, London.