Dominic Lalli grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He began studying music in middle school and high school with great support from his musical family. After high school, Dominic decided to continue his music education at Northern Arizona University. There, Dominic began a more focused study of music and began playing weekly trio gigs with world renowned bassist Joel Dibartolo (Tonight Show Band, Buddy Rich, Carmen McCrae) and, now, Chicago-based drummer Frank Rosaly.
In 2001, Dominic recieved a scholarship to study music at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. There, Dominic studied with the likes of Dave Leibman, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, Kenny Barron and Garry Dial. There, he began to find his own sound and his own approach to music. While in New York, Dominic had the opportunity to share the stage with many amazing artists such as Dave Leibman, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, Jeff Tain Watts and Christian McBride.