Quintasonic Brass Members
Vince DiMartino, trumpet
Vince DiMartino is one of the most sought-after trumpet performers and educators. Since graduating from The Eastman School of Music in 1972, professor DiMartino taught at the University of Kentucky until 1993. At that time, Mr. DiMartino began a new appointment at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. There he taught trumpet, jazz history, and coached brass and jazz ensembles as a distinguished Matton Professor of Music. He retired from Centre in 2012.
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 and The Eastman Arranger’s Holiday Orchestra. He has also performed with some of this country’s finest college jazz ensembles. 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, Todd Coolman, Ed Shaughnessy, Frank Mantooth, Curtis Fuller, Dick Oatts and Pat LaBarbera.
The International Trumpet Guild has featured Mr. DiMartino as an artist-clinician in major solo programs at their conferences including Louisiana State University, University of Gothenburg-Sweden, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, University of Denver and London, England. DiMartino also was a guest at the University of Kentucky Conference in 1998, an event that Professor DiMartino hosted at this same location in 1982.
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 serves as chair of the Board of Directors of The National Trumpet Competition in Washington, D.C.
Mr. DiMartino has been soloist with many symphony orchestra including Cincinnati, Buffalo, Sante Fe, North Carolina, Orlando, Baton Rouge and Rochester, New York. He also appeared as guest soloist with the Boston Pops on their Summer Tour in 1999 and for 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 The United States Marine Band. Mr. DiMartino 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.
Mr. DiMartino 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. Mr. DiMartino also has completed a recording project on Summit Records with jazz artists Allen Vizzutti and Bobby Shew and The Summit Brass called Trumpet Summit.
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. ITG has designated this CD as its membership gift CD. The duo was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In the summer of 1994, he performed at 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.
Vince and UK Jazz band director Miles Osland co-direct The DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra and have recorded two CDs under that name on Seabreeze records, Quotient and Off the Charts.
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.
DiMartino 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 the recipient of The Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008-2009 for the state of Kentucky.
Vince DiMartino is an S.E. Shires Trumpet Artist and plays Pickett Brass Mouthpieces.
Jason Dovel, trumpet
Jason Dovel enjoys a busy schedule as a soloist and clinician, having appeared at more than 60 universities, festivals, and conferences in the United States and abroad. He has recorded two highly acclaimed solo CDs; his debut album, Lost Trumpet Treasures, was released in 2014 as a collaboration with pianist Edward Neeman. The International Trumpet Guild Journal reviewer wrote, "On every track, Dovel's and Neeman's nuanced, stylistic interpretations and technical mastery are on full display." The American Record Guide described the disc as "spectacular" and praised Dovel's "full tone and terrific technical skills." The Brass Herald lauded the disc as "well-conceived and well-performed." His second solo CD, Ascent: New Music for Trumpet, was released in 2016 and features eight new works for trumpet, four of which are his original compositions.
As an orchestral trumpeter, he is principal trumpet of the Lexington Chamber Orchestra and spends summers playing in the Charlottesville Opera Orchestra in Virginia. He has also performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Orchestra of New Spain, Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, Toledo Opera, Arkansas Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Amici New York Orchestra, Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and many other groups.
As a chamber music entrepreneur, he is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, a touring professional brass quintet, as well as Clarino Collective, a professional trumpet ensemble. He is also principal trumpet of the UK Faculty Brass Quintet.
A dedicated pedagogue with a passion for research in teaching, he has published articles in the Music Educators Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, The Instrumentalist, and China’s Journal of the Art College of Inner Mongolia University. He is also editor of The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets for Trumpet, published by Mountain Peak Music.
Also active as a composer and arranger, his works have been performed throughout the world; at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, National Trumpet Competition, Midwest Trumpet Festival, Australasian Trumpet Academy, Eastman Summer Trumpet Retreat, Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference, Oklahoma Music Educators Association Conference, Northeastern Trumpet Festival, and at the Exploring Brass in Greece International Festival. His works are published through Prestissimo Press, Hickman Music Editions, Mountain Peak Music, and the Baroque Trumpet Shop.
Under his leadership, the UK trumpet studio has enjoyed outstanding student placement into university, orchestral, and public school positions, graduate schools, and summer festivals. Recently, the UK trumpet ensemble has twice won Second Prize at the National Trumpet Competition (2016 and 2014) and in 2015 the “Shades of Blue” UK Trumpet Ensemble recorded the compact disc, Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble.
A versatile performer on both the valveless Baroque trumpet and the wooden Renaissance cornetto, Dovel has established an early brass program at UK that now boasts the largest collegiate Baroque trumpet program in the United States. Dovel is the founding director of UK’s innovative Certificate in Baroque Trumpet. The UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble has performed to rave reviews at the International Trumpet Guild Conference, Historic Brass Society International Conference, and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. The UK Baroque Trumpet Ensemble recently recorded a compact disc with Australian virtuoso John Foster, scheduled for release in early 2018.
Dove joined the University of Kentucky School of Music faculty in 2013. In addition to his teaching duties, he also serves as faculty sponsor of UK Education Abroad programs in Greece in Australia and is founding director of the UK Summer Trumpet Institute, UK Baroque Trumpet Symposium, as well as the Certificate in Baroque Trumpet. Prior to his appointment at UK, he taught at the University of North Texas, North Central Texas College, and Northeastern State University.
Dovel is involved in service to many professional organizations. He is News Editor for the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) and Chair of the prestigious ITG Solo Competition. He is also Artist/Faculty for the National Trumpet Competition, Development Director for the Historic Brass Society, and a member of the artistic committee of the Great American Brass Band Festival.
Jason Dovel is grateful for the tutelage of many wonderful teachers, including Keith Johnson, George Novak, Charles Saenz, James Kluesner, Charlie Geyer, Barbara Butler, Barry Bauguess (Baroque trumpet), and Bruce Dickey (cornetto).
Matthew Haislip, horn
Matthew Haislip joined the faculty of Mississippi State University as Instructor of Horn in 2016. In this full-time position, he teaches applied horn, music theory, ear training, chamber music, and online courses in music appreciation. In addition to these duties, he directs the horn choir, performs in the faculty brass and wind quintets, and performs as principal horn of the Starkville/MSU Symphony. He serves the International Horn Society as the Mississippi Area Representative. During the summer months, he is an instructor of horn at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Prior to coming to Mississippi State University, Dr. Haislip taught at Washburn University (KS), Calvary University (MO), Hardin-Simmons University (TX), and McMurry University (TX).
Dr. Haislip has held the positions of Co-Principal Horn, Personnel Manager, and hornist in the resident wind quintet of the Midland-Odessa Symphony (TX), Fourth/Utility Horn of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. He is in demand as a freelance hornist, and he has performed with dozens of professional ensembles, including the Cincinnati Opera, Opera Naples (FL), the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony Orchestra (KS), the Lone Star Wind Orchestra (TX), and the Queen City Brass Quintet (OH). He has recorded on the Albany Records, Mark Custom, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra labels.
Dr. Haislip regularly performs and gives clinics at international and regional conferences and at universities across the United States. Recent highlights include appearances at the 2017 National Association of Composers USA Mid-South Chapter Recital and the 2017 Music by Women Festival at the Mississippi University for Women, the 2016 International Horn Symposium at Ithaca College, and the 2016 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mississippi State University Community Band, the Angelo State University Wind Ensemble (TX), and the Wills Point High School Band (TX). He is a commissioned composer, and his horn studies are published by BrownWood Publishing.
Dr. Haislip holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. His primary horn teachers include Martin Hackleman, Randy Gardner, Michael Morrow, Elizabeth Freimuth, Thomas Sherwood, and Duane Dugger. His personal website may be found at www.matthaislip.com.
Matthew is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and he performs exclusively on the Yamaha 668VNS horn.
Alex van Duuren, trombone
Alex van Duuren is a dynamic and creative instructor and an accomplished professional musician. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of Tennessee, where he is responsible for private and class instruction of undergraduate and graduate trombone students, as well as additionally performing with the UT Faculty Brass Quintet. His experiences as a performer and academician have developed wide-ranging proficiencies which are adaptable to diverse academic and professional applications.
Dr. van Duuren completed his doctorate at the University of Arizona, two master’s degrees at the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree at the University of Florida. His primary instructors were, respectively, Moisés Paiewonsky, David Jackson, and Dr. Art Jennings. In addition, he completed a doctoral minor in Entrepreneurship with Eller College of Management, which he received while participating in the nationally renowned McGuire Entrepreneurship Program. Dr. van Duuren has performed with a variety of professional orchestras including the Tucson Symphony and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Sonora, and has also performed with Celtic Woman, the Ohio Light Opera, and the Disneyland All-American College Band. In addition, he has been involved as director and conductor for stage productions and performing arts camps. Dr. van Duuren still performs on his original instrument, serving as a piano accompanist for professional recording sessions as well as for his trombone students.
Dr. van Duuren is a passionate educator perpetually seeking more knowledge and greater contributions in his various disciplines. He is a winner of numerous scholarships awarded for advanced research and superior performance. He has multiple publications to his credit, including an original work for trombone and piano (Impromptu, Potenza Music Inc., 2010).
Alex Lapins, tuba
Alexander Lapins teaches applied tuba and euphonium, chamber music and performs with the faculty brass quintet at the University of Tennessee School of Music. During the summer he serves as an instructor at the Curry Summer Music Camp, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Miraphone Academy of the West. Dr. Lapins has also taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Indianapolis, Indiana State University, Indiana University, University of Michigan All-State Program at Interlochen, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and French Woods Fine Arts Camp.
Dr. Lapins has appeared as soloist with orchestras, concert bands and chamber groups. He has performed throughout the United States, China, South America and Europe. A diverse performer, Dr. Lapins is the only tubist to have won fellowships at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Henry Mancini Institute.
Alexander Lapins performed as principal tubist of several professional orchestras and brass quintets throughout Indiana, and was a first-call substitute/extra musician with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He remains principal tubist of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera Orchestra and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Lapins has also performed with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, the New Sousa Band and Harvey Phillips' Tubacompany.
Dr. Lapins has extensive experience as a first-call studio musician. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings for Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Disney, Plank Road, Sacred Music Services, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, SMS Brass Choir, and a variety of other record and publishing companies.
Alexander Lapins is devoted to expanding the repertoire of the tuba across all genres. He recently recorded a solo album of his own baroque transcriptions with harpsichord and strings that will be released in fall 2014. An avid supporter of new music, Dr. Lapins has premiered dozens of new works and has been active in regularly commissioning new works for brass.
Dr. Lapins has been featured at regional and international ITEA conferences and United States Army Band Tuba Conferences, the 2012 Southwest Horn Workshop, and the 2012 International Women's Brass Conference. In 2011 he hosted the Southwest Regional ITEA conference at the NAU School of Music. He has presented guest recitals and masterclasses at many schools of music.
Alexander Lapins has graduate degrees in music performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Industry from James Madison University. His principal teachers include Daniel Perantoni, Fritz Kaenzig, Kevin Stees, Tony Kniffen and Mike Bunn, and he has also studied with Gene Pokorny, David Fedderly, Jim Self and Mike Roylance.
He is a member of the International Tuba/Euphonium Association, a regular contributor to the ITEA Journal, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Alexander Lapins is a Miraphone Artist.
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