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