Centre College Faculty
Vincent A. DiMartino• W. George Matton Professor of Music Emeritus
Office: Grant Hall—123
Vincent DiMartino retired in 2012 as Matton Professor of Music Emeritus at Centre College. One of America's leading trumpet performers and teachers, DiMartino originally joined the college in 1993 as Centre's first distinguished artist-in-residence. He was named to the Matton Professorship in 1996.
Throughout his teaching career, Professor DiMartino has been a member of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses. These include The Empire Brass Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, The Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, The Kalavrita Brass Course in Greece, as well as seminars in England, Ukraine, Thailand, Germany and Canada.
He is 2004 CASE Professor of The Year for the state of Kentucky. This award is given nationally each year to one person in each state in The United States. He is also the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-2009 for the State of Kentucky.
DiMartino has performed worldwide as a soloist and with artists such as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Dave Brubeck. Widely admired for classical and jazz playing, he has also in recent years begun to specialize in virtuoso cornet solos.
DiMartino, along with George Foreman, founded the New Columbian Brass Band. DiMartino also is a soloist with the New Sousa Band and is a featured soloist with the Advocate Brass Band. DiMartino is a popular performer at the Great American Brass Band Festival, which annually draws 40,000 people to Danville for outstanding brass music.
A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (B.M. and M.M. degrees), DiMartino was the Alumni Distinguished Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky for some twenty years. He has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras, including those in Cincinnati, Buffalo, Santa Fe, Orlando, and Rochester. He is prominently featured in many recordings of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
To read a 20 Questions profile of DiMartino, click here. To read about his Governor's Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award, click here.
To read "A Conversation with Vincent DiMartino" published upon his retirement in the summer 2012 issue of Centrepiece, click here.
File last updated: 5/2/13