Dave is a gifted instrumentalist who has been Principal Cornet at Derwent Brass for many years. He is often featured at concerts, thrilling audiences with a wide range of styles and has regularly been awarded Best Instrumentalist and Best Soloist at contests.
Dave was a founder member of the City of Derby Youth Band and his time there included tours to Germany, Canada and Belgium. After then being a member of City of Derby Band, Dave formed the Neville Brass Ensemble which later amalgamated with Davis Derby to form Derwent Brass.
Dave's musical influences include his early teachers, Waddel Smith (a big band trumpet player) and Sam Lydall (MD of City of Derby) who taught him about determination and commitment, combined with listening to great players like Wynton Marsalis and Maurice Andre.
Dave is also a brass tutor and is heavily involved in music education around Derbyshire.