Dom started playing drums in the fifth grade. His first teacher Dick
Demers started Dom on his way both as a player and teacher.
In 1975 he went to New York to study with studio master Bernard Purdie. Then to Boston in 1976 to study with Jazz great Alan Dawson.
Dom's first book Be Bop Phrasing for Drums was dedicated to Alan.
Before leaving the East Coast Dom had the opportunity to play with
Jazz greats Don Doane, Clark Terry, herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna, and many other players from the New England area.
in 1978 Dom left for Reno Nevada with guitar player brother Bill, where he soon started working the casino circuit