Centre College professor and world-renowned musician Vince DiMartino has been named CASE Kentucky Professor of the Year. The announcement was made in Washington by the sponsoring organizations the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
DiMartino, Matton Professor of Music, joined the Centre faculty in 1993. He received a bachelor's and master's of music from the Eastman School of Music. Prior to joining Centre's faculty, he was Distinguished Alumni Professor of Trumpet at the University of Kentucky.
After 31 years of teaching, DiMartino said, "The excitement of seeing people moving toward the realization of their musical goals remains invigorating and satisfying. The reward for teaching is knowing what you've done has made a difference in the future of your students."
In addition to teaching, DiMartino has performed with such artists as Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, Pearl Bailey, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder. He is also a star performer at the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, which draws a crowd of approximately 50,000 annually.