Vince DiMartino is one of our country’s most sought after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music in 1972, Vince taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Vince began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he teaches trumpet, brass and jazz ensembles, and jazz history. He has served as the Music Chair and is currently coordinator of the Centre College Instrumental Program. He was recently named to the endowed chair of Matton Professor of Music at Centre College.
Vince is equally known as a jazz artist. He has been the lead and solo trumpet in the Lionel Hampton Band, the Chuck Mangione Band, the Clark Terry Band and the Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country’s finest college jazz ensembles. The International Trumpet Guild has featured Vince as an artist-clinician in major solo programs at their conferences in Louisiana, Colorado, New Mexico and London, England. He most recently was a featured artist on the 20th Anniversary International Trumpet Guild/10th Anniversary Summit Brass "Brassfest," the ITG 1997 conference in Sweden and the 1998 ITG conference in Lexington, Kentucky. DiMartino hosted the ITG at this same location in 1982.
Mr. DiMartino has been soloist with many symphony orchestra including Cincinnati, Buffalo, Sante Fe, North Carolina, Orlando, Baton Rouge and Rochester, New York. He most recently appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Pops on their Summer Tour ‘99 and a national television broadcast of the same. He has also been a soloist with the Army Blues Jazz Band, the Army Brass Band, the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, and most recently, the United States Marine Band. Vince is the first civilian to perform with this ensemble. He is also co-founder of the New Columbian Brass Band, a turn-of-the-century town band with Dr. George Foreman, Director of the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College. The band has recorded three CDs for Dorian Records.
Vince is also prominently featured on some of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra’s most recent recordings including, "Mancini’s Greatest Hits," "Bond and Beyond," "Big Hit Parade," and "Hollywood’s Greatest Hits." He recorded Mel Torme’s "Christmas Album" as lead trumpet. Along with Dr. Schuyler Robinson, Mr. DiMartino made a recording for Mark Records with the DiMartino-Robinson trumpet and organ duo entitled "Orchestral Favorites for Trumpet and Organ." The ITG designated this CD as its membership gift CD two years ago. The duo was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Vince has completed a recording project on Summit Records with jazz artist Allen Vizzutti and Bobby Shew and the Summit Brass titled, "Trumpet Summit.
Vince has been a member of the artist-faculty of the highly acclaimed Skidmore Jazz Institute since its inception in 1988 working with fellow artist-teachers Milt Hinton, Ed Shaughnessy, Frank Mantooth, Buddy Baker, and Pat LaBarbera. In the summer of 1994 he performed in the Lincoln Center with the Canadian Brass, the New York Philharmonic Brass and the New York Brass. He also was a featured artist-teacher at the Kiev International Trumpet Competition in 1998. He has served as President and Vice President of The International Trumpet Guild as well as a member of its Board of Directors for two terms. He serves as chair of the Board of Directors of The National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C. and was elected Vice President-President elect of the ITG for 1999-2003.
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