As the name suggests, Dai is a native of Wales, from Newport in Gwent, where he played soprano cornet for 13 years with the Rogerstone Band. He also played soprano cornet in the National Youth Band of Great Britain alongside many other now famous names in Brass Bands.
Eventually an invitation from the Midlands based William Davis Construction Group Band enticed Dai away from his homeland. He was to occupy the soprano seat in that band for 20 years, at one point being their longest serving member, playing in all the major brass band national contests and taking part in several continental tours undertaken by the band. He has also often been called upon to play with some of the top brass bands in this country.
Following a short break from playing, Dai was invited to take over the soprano chair at Derwent Brass and at the first contest he played with the band was awarded the prize for Best Soprano Cornet. Over the years, Dai has been recognised and regularly featured as a soloist in concerts, recordings and radio broadcasts.