Simon Harding

Knightliters Jazz Band Director

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Simon Harding is a professional musician, educator, and composer/arranger with a love for all things saxophone and flute. 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, with a concentration in classical saxophone. During a mandatory performance project Simon developed an intense passion for jazz sax beginning with Michael Brecker.

Following 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”.

As a free lance saxophonist, Simon has had the pleasure of working with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, The O.J.’s, The Tommy Dorsey Band, Ben Folds, and Elise Testone of American Idol. He was also a regular member of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, and the Darius Rucker Big Band when he resided in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

He shares his passion for music education 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 Country.

Simon now resides in Cedar Falls, IA and works at Tenor Madness Saxophone shop as well as teaching Jazz at Wartburg College.