In 1965 as a student at West Babylon, he was awarded an exchange student grant and graduated in 1966. Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought after virtuoso trumpet performers and educators in the world. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, Professor DiMartino taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993 then began a new appointment as Distinguished Artist in Residence at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He retired in 2012 from his position as a W. George Matton Professor of Music at Centre College where he taught trumpet, brass, jazz ensembles, and jazz history.
He has served twice as President and Vice President of The International Trumpet Guild as well as a member of its Board of Directors for two terms. He has made over a dozen solo appearances at The International Trumpet Guild Conferences as a principal performing artist. Vince DiMartino is the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007-2008 for the State of Kentucky and the 2004 Case Kentucky Professor of the Year.
He continues to perform throughout the world as a trumpet soloist with orchestras, bands, and jazz ensembles. Vince has been a guest soloist with The Boston Pops, The Cincinnati Pops and many other major orchestras throughout the world and performed with over 200 university and college ensembles. 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 The United States Marine Band. Mr. DiMartino is the first civilian to perform with this ensemble. In the summer of 1994 he performed in Lincoln Center with The Canadian Brass, The New York Philharmonic Brass and The New York Brass. He also has been a featured artist-teacher at the Kiev International Trumpet Competition for many years. Vince has served as an artist-clinician for Schilke Trumpets, The Canadian Brass, and The Yamaha Corporation. To name a few, Vince has performed and held clinics in Australia, Poland, Germany, Spain, Greece, Luxemburg, Belgium, England, Norway, Canada, Thailand and Japan. First and foremost – teaching is Vince’s most important activity.
Vince DiMartino 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. He appears on Mel Torme’s “Christmas Album” as lead trumpet. Over the years, Vince has performed with Henry Mancini, Pearl Bailey, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennet, Dizzy Gillespie, The Manhattan Transfer, The Canadian Brass, Aretha Franklin, and Dave Brubeck to name a few. He is also a regularly featured soloist with the great Doc Severinsen.