Biography

Born, raised and currently residing in the City of Lincoln, Dominic Holmes (BA Hons) is the elder of two children from a family with a strong musical background: both his parents were trombonists and music graduates from the University of Nottingham, so the influence of music was never far away. Dominic took his first steps into the world of music with the violin at 8 years old, but it wasn’t until he picked up the electric bass at age 13 that his journey into music truly began.

Dominic was introduced to jazz through renowned bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius, courtesy of his Godparents, and from these initial seeds of interest a lifelong love of music began to grow. He quickly advanced through the bass guitar performance grades during his early teenage years and joined the local youth big band ‘Jazz Vehicle’, with whom he played numerous concerts including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2008. He accepted a place to study jazz electric bass at Leeds College of Music in 2008. Inspired by Ray Brown and Christian McBride he switched to principle study double bass in 2009, and graduated in 2011.

In 2012 Dominic began playing double bass in the house jazz trio on-board RMS Queen Mary 2 and spent the next 3 years performing every night whilst traversing the globe, including the QM2’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Voyages. As well as amassing a considerable amount of playing experience (and stamps in his passport) Dominic was also fortunate enough to work and perform with faculty members and former students from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, such as Rodney Jones and Mark Vinci. His most notable on-board collaboration occurred in Autumn 2014, when singer/songwriter James Taylor came on with his band for a transatlantic crossing. The band included legendary jazz pianist Larry Goldings, and Dominic was fortunate enough to perform with Larry on several occasions throughout the crossing. In 2015 Dominic was on-board during Cunard’s 175th Anniversary celebrations and performed for the CEO of Cunard, David Dingle, and the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

Since leaving the Queen Mary 2 Dominic has successfully continued his musical career on land, performing regularly at public and private events. He has played electric and double bass in various theatrical productions including; ‘Sister Act’ at the Lincoln Theatre Royal, and both ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘South Pacific’ at Newark Palace Theatre. Dominic has also performed in numerous classical concerts at venues such as Lincoln Cathedral and is a member of the Trent Chamber Orchestra in Newark. He is currently focussing on his duo work with local jazz guitarist Thom Whitworth and upcoming jazz trio with Thom and Nottingham based drummer Andrew Wood.

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