Dovas Lietuvninkas was born in Chicago, IL (USA) and attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, graduating with degrees in trumpet performance and music education. Studying under prof. James Thompson, he served as principal trumpet of the Philharmonia orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Brass Guild among other school ensembles. Active in various styles of music, he also participated in the baroque trumpet ensemble, various chamber groups as well as East End Brass, a German-style polka band. Dovas spent 2017-2018 in Vilnius studying at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with Laurynas Lapė, as well as folk instruments with Saulius Petreikis under a Fulbright grant from the U.S. government. Dovas remains active in the Vilnius music scene, performing with the brass quintet “BrasSpalvos” and other local groups including the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, where he has been principal trumpet since 2018.