Renowned jazz trumpet player Vincent DiMartino will be performing with
the West Liberty University Jazz Ensemble as part of WLU’s Concert Series at 8 p.m. on March 30,
in the Elbin Auditorium, College Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Vincent DiMartino is Matton Professor of Music 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. Throughout his teaching career, he has been a member
of the artist faculty of many international seminars and courses, including the Empire Brass
Quintet-Tanglewood summer program, the Spanish Brass Festival in Alzira-Spain, 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. He also is
a soloist with the New Sousa Band and is a featured soloist with the Advocate Brass Band. A
graduate of the Eastman School of Music, DiMartino was the Alumni Distinguished Professor of
Trumpet at the University of Kentucky for 20 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.