Peter Dominguez grew up in Milwaukee playing with his father, pianist and singer Frank DeMiles. Peter went on to study with Roger Ruggeri and Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he earned his baccalaureate and masters degrees. In 1981 he was the first recipient of the Milton J. Hinton scholarship competition award and continued doctoral studies with Dr Lucas Drew at the University of Miami, Coral Gables.
Eventually securing positions in both the Florida Philharmonic and Michigan State University, Peter chose MSU, served as Professor of Double Bass and Jazz Studies from 1984-96, and was instrumental in developing their Jazz Studies program. During his Michigan years, he continued his studies with Robert Gladstone and performed with the Detroit Symphony.
The former Principal Bass with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta, Peter is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.