Simon Ball comes from Port Elizabeth and attended school at Grey School for Boys. After matriculating he started a degree in music, later switching to a Bachelor of Pharmacy which he completed in 1998. Upon completion of his internship he was awarded a job as a bassoonist in the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Since then he has held full time positions in various sectors of pharmacy. In 2013 he decided to give up drugs for music, and now works as Associate Principal Bassoonist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Simon plays on a Rudolf Walter bassoon built in 2006. The instrument is built to German standards of precision and is decorated with exactly 300 stripes.