Simon Harding is a professional musician, educator, and composer/arranger with a love for all things saxophone. His inspiration began at 7 years old hiding in his bedroom listening to Mozart, and brought him all the way to Coastal Carolina University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music, concentration in classical saxophone. During a mandatory performance project Simon developed an intense passion for jazz sax beginning with Michael Brecker.
After graduation Simon attended the College of Charleston to focus on his new found love of jazz music and earned an Artist Certificate. While at the College of Charleston he was honored to be selected as 1 of 7 U.S. guest artists to perform with the San Salvador Big Band and the El Salvadoran National Youth Orchestra at the Teatro Presidente. He was also a part of the top jazz ensemble at CofC which performed at the first ever Georgia Twilight Jazz Festival, where he was awarded “Outstanding Soloist”.
Finishing his degrees, Simon now resides in Hanahan, outside of Charleston in South Carolina’s Lowcounty, and is one of the most in demand composer/arranger and performers in the area. His performance credits include Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto performances, the North Charleston Arts Festival, Chazzfest with the Charlton Singleton Group, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, a featured performer for the Jazz Artists of Charleston and humbly performing with bands such as The O.J.’s, The Tommy Dorsey Band, and Darius Rucker Big Band.
He shares his passion for music through his co-founding of the Low Country Saxophone Camp with good friend Jonathan Kammer, and has given masterclasses and clinics at universities, high schools and middle schools all over the Lowcountry area.
Whether he’s transcribing a Lester Young solo or talking his wife’s ear off about his new favorite mouthpiece, Simon truly lives his life full of music. When he doesn’t have a musical instrument in his hands, you can find Simon chasing his two young boys and bulldog around the house, perfecting his cooking techniques, and maybe even sneaking off to go fishing every once in a while.