Bagpiper & Guitarist- Michael Lancaster

Why book Bagpiper & Guitarist- Michael Lancaster?

Michael Lancaster is a very versatile and highly sought after musician and teacher. The powerful sound of the highland bagpipe will surely make your affair unique and memorable. Michael is also a professional guitarist. The elegant sound of the guitar will add a touch of class to your next special occasion. Michael also teaches both bagpipes and guitar.

Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 30 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an instructor of music at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

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5 Stars aren't enough to express our happiness with Michael!

I don't have enough words to thank Michael for the wonderful job he did at our wedding! Our guests were blown away as were we. He was genuinely wonderful to work with: excellent communication, playlist, etc. He did everything I asked ~ even though we put him outside in the cold & snow! After playing for our ceremony & exit down the aisle, he stuck around & played extra songs as our guests gathered outdoors for a group photo & hot toddy. Everything from his musical ability to his appearance & happy attitude were top notch and added to a magical evening!

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Reviewer: Nikki P.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Morrison, CO
Event Date: Mar 2, 2013
Hired As: Classical Guitarist, Bagpiper

Great Musician!!

Michael was outstanding. His performance made our daughter's wedding ceremony one of the best yet. Michael performed magnificantly even though the temperature was near 100!! Great job. We can't thank him enough. Regards, Mike H.

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Reviewer: Michael H.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Boulder, CO
Event Date: Jun 30, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper

Saved the day!!

Is there any place to have 6 stars? Michael was an ace when it came to communication, which was super important as this was for a destination wedding. When we were late and the other musician had to leave before the end, Michael came through and gave us our perfect wedding. In addition, he was a champ and handled our amplification needs for a very fair price. I cannot recommend Michael more. He is a total rock star and I cannot praise him enough for our perfect day.

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Reviewer: Synge M.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Denver, CO
Event Date: Sep 13, 2013
Hired As: Bagpiper, Sound Technician

Professional and Fun!

We hired Michael for a family birthday party. He arrived exactly on time, marching and piping from across the street up our driveway to make a grand entrance. He played all the tunes we had requested, as well as several others. He stopped in between songs to tell jokes and to give some brief history and information about the bagpipes. It was interesting and entertaining. My family had a wonderful time and Michael did a great job. Everyone told me afterwards that they were impressed with how well he played and with his performance overall. Couldn't have been better!

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Reviewer: Rena C.
Event: Birthday Party in Colorado Springs, CO
Event Date: Feb 25, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper

Premier Bagpiper

Michael was excellent. The look on the Bride's face when she heard his first note was priceless. He added so much to this special ceremony. We especially appreciated his flexibility while we worked through restrictions with the Academy chapel and his willingness to pose for pictures after the wedding. We highly recommend Michael for anyone looking for a premier bagpiper!

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Reviewer: Kathy a. J. W.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Colorado Springs, CO
Event Date: Dec 28, 2013
Hired As: Bagpiper

Wonderful Bagpipe Show!

Michael was great! The kids (in our childcare program) couldn't stop talking about him after he left, and they were telling their parents all about what they learned during his show. Awesome experience overall!

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Reviewer: Loretta C.
Organization: Sandburg School Age Child Care
Event: Other in Centennial, CO
Event Date: Jun 19, 2013
Hired As: Bagpiper, Bagpiper

Professional, Personable and Talented

Michael first made a positive impression on me by getting back to me almost immediately after I placed my request on Gigmasters. He was kind, professional and didn't blink an eye when I had to move his arrival time up an hour. He offered good ideas as to how his contribution could best be woven into my sister's Memorial service. I would hire Michael again, no question. I would also recommend him regardless of occasion. He's a true performer.

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Reviewer: Eileen K. H.
Event: Funeral Service in Lafayette, CO
Event Date: Aug 12, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper

Great job - played through the rain!

Michael was excellent to work with - very thorough in his preparation, thoughtful in providing recommendations and hung with us when it rained during our wedding ceremony outside. I would highly recommend him!

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Reviewer: Katherine N.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Vail, CO
Event Date: Aug 31, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper, Bagpiper, Celtic Music

Extremely talented and professional!

Michael was so easy to work with as he was prompt on returning calls/emails and had many suggestions as well. He also took suggestions for songs and was very accommodating. On the day of our wedding the music was beautiful. Michael played the guitar for the duration of time when guests were arriving as well as our wedding party entrance and then switched to the bagpipes for my bridal walk before switching back to the guitar for the cocktail hour. His professionalism is top notch and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a live musician for any event! Thank you so much, Michael, you helped make our wedding day that much better!

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Reviewer: Lisa P.
Event: Wedding Cocktail Hour in Fort Collins, CO
Event Date: Aug 18, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper, Guitarist

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Presentation was professional and very well received

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Reviewer: James . . D.
Organization: Individual
Event: Funeral Service in Denver, CO
Event Date: Apr 20, 2010
Hired As: Bagpiper, Bagpiper

Talented and professional musician!

Working with Michael was fantastic. He played both the guitar and the bagpipes at our July 2011 wedding. He was always prompt in responding to me, helpful, friendly and organized. Above all, Michael is a fabulous musician and was an excellent addition to our wedding ceremony. Michael has my very highest recommendation.

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Reviewer: Emily S.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Grand Lake, CO
Event Date: Jul 9, 2011
Hired As: Bagpiper, Arts/Entertainment Speaker, Bagpiper, Celtic Music, Classical Guitarist, Guitarist, Irish / Scottish Entertainment

A Consumate Professional

Michael not only provided an outstanding performance at my late wife's funeral but he was there when needed to coordinate the arrangements and was keenly aware of his role integrating his talents with the overall event. I would never hesitate to use his services again.

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Reviewer: Paul R.
Event: Funeral Service in Denver, CO
Event Date: Mar 10, 2011
Hired As: Bagpiper

Extremely talented and accomodating

We hired Michael for our mountain wedding ceremony music. He provided a large list of bagpipe songs and also guitar songs. He performed both instruments and was amazing the whole time. I remember crying during the acoustic guitar performance - it was very touching. I would highly recommend him!

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Reviewer: Sarah B.
Event: Wedding Ceremony in Black Hawk, CO
Event Date: Jul 14, 2012
Hired As: Bagpiper, Guitarist

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 15 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: $150 and up
  • Unions: AFM

Overview

Performances are custom tailored to each event. I am happy to email you a description of what I can do for your next special event.

Additional Booking Notes

I can provide enough amplification to fill any area with concert sound or just enough volume to fill the area with music while still comfortable for socializing. I also have a rechargeable system for locations that have no power available.

Bagpiper & Guitarist- Michael Lancaster

Michael has been a professional musician and instructor since 1992. He has been playing guitar for 30 years and the bagpipes since 1987. He has a B.S. in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver where he is currently an instructor of music. Michael is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Denver Musicians Association and the Denver Wedding Professionals, the Association of Bridal Consultants, Funeral and Memorial Vendors Association of Colorado and a founding member of the Centennial State Pipe Band.

As a guitarist, Michael performs and teaches most all styles, including pop, jazz, rock, blues, classical, celtic, and new age. He specializes in finger-style, classical and contemporary guitar. He also sings a variety of songs. Michael possesses an impressive set list and knows enough material to play for hours.

As a bagpiper, Michael has been the representative bagpiper for John Dewar's Scotch Whisky White Label promotions for seven years. He has also been the representative piper for Johnny Walker Scotch Whisky, Murphy's Stout, Newcastle Ale as well as numerous Single Malt labels. Michael has performed at some very prestigious functions: the Columbine Memorial at the Colorado State Capitol, United States Marine Corp. 230th Annual Ball, Sun Microsystems John Elway Golf Classic, Grand openings for James Avery Jewelers, JW Marriott and Bel Mar Center, graduations for the University of Colorado Law School, Denver University and Johnson and Wales University, numerous Colorado Rockies and Colorado Rapids games, as well as the Royal Bank of Scotland coming to America celebration and the Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks. Michael has performed for such dignitaries as Former Vice President Al Gore, British Counsel General John McGuire, Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, as well as high profile clients like John Elway, Mike Shanahan and Michael Jordan.

Michael has performed for audiences from the Colleges of California to the Pubs of Ireland and he currently performs at 275 functions a year, including weddings, funerals, military functions, schools, retirement homes, golf tournaments, parties, corporate functions, promotions, conventions, bars, and more. Michael is a very versatile musician and has the experience to custom tailor any performance to suit any type of function.

Outside from his performing, Michael teaches music at the University of Colorado at Denver as well as private guitar and pipe lessons to 30 students a week and also runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.

Michael is honored to serve you and guarantees the highest standard of quality, excellence, and professionalism.

The team providing the talent:

Michael Lancaster

Bagpiper, Guitarist, Singer, Sound Engineer

Testimonials

Michael played for our good friend Mike's 40th birthday and made the party the greatest! He came in as a surprise, took requests, had a great toast with birthday wishes and worked the crowd with ease. I wish we had more occasions to use his services and will definitely recommend him to all my friends.

– Todd H

Michael did a tremendous job for our event. He is a very talented guitarist and was very accommodating with the parameters and demands of our event. Would have awarded 6 stars on a couple of categories if that was possible on the grading scale. Highly recommend him and will hopefully be working with him again for future events.

– Brent B

Is there any place to have 6 stars? Michael was an ace when it came to communication, which was super important as this was for a destination wedding. When we were late and the other musician had to leave before the end, Michael came through and gave us our perfect wedding. In addition, he was a champ and handled our amplification needs for a very fair price. I cannot recommend Michael more. He is a total rock star and I cannot praise him enough for our perfect day.

– Synge M

If there was a more difficult week/weekend to have a wedding it was our wedding on 9-14. Our Venue, Sunrise amphitheater, was closed due to the flooding. We were able to make it work with 30hrs to the wedding. Michael was great. He made it to our last minute venue at my parents house. Even with the arbor i had made for my wife and I for the ceremony falling down and hitting him he still was able to play most beautifully. It of course rained and was windy but our ceremony was unbelievable and Michael made it unforgettable. Not only was he accommodating, Michael was a pretty rad Cat. I hope there is another event that we can use him for.

– Lucas K

You Performed for my husband, Earl Ray's, burial at Grandview Cemetery. This is a much belated but heartfelt thank you for your excellent performance. Many people were heard commenting on the beautiful and meaningful music of the bagpipe to end the service. It was a special tribute we will always remember.

– Joyce R

Michael was excellent. The look on the Bride's face when she heard his first note was priceless. He added so much to this special ceremony. We especially appreciated his flexibility while we worked through restrictions with the Academy chapel and his willingness to pose for pictures after the wedding. We highly recommend Michael for anyone looking for a premier bagpiper!

– Jeff W

Set List

Music performed is custom tailored for each event.
Have a look and listen to an extensive list of my bagpipe and guitar repertoire at:
http://bagpipersinternational.com/mymusic.htm

Setup Requirements

I only need a small area to perform. If I am using amplification I will need a power outlet within 20 feet of where I will perform.

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