A Classical Guitarist living in rural Northwest Ohio, I can provide full service guitar based music instrumentally, guitar with voice or as a vocal/guitar duo. Performing over 200 shows annually, I can provide music for wedding ceremonies, funerals, graduation ceremonies, private parties & holiday events in addition to the usual restaurant and club circuit.
We hired David to perform at the American Legion Christmas Party 8-10pm. He was set up early and ready to go right on time. I bet half of the guests asked where I found him and if we could hire him again. 2 thumbs up all the way around! Great attitude. Great musician. Great Time!
Response from David T. Lester:
Thanks for the work and the great review!
This was my first time using this site so I was a little nervous. I will say David was incredible! Not only was he prompt and polite but an amazing guitar player and vocalist. He played a large variety of music including Christmas music, Queen, Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Elton John and much more. Our small corporate Christmas party was a huge success in large part to Mr. Lester. I highly recommend!
David was punctual, a workhorse and had a great repertoire of music. I think he only took one break in 4 hours! His music selection was perfect and he added the right amount of ambiance to make our party a success. Highly recommended!
We hired David to perform at a 70-year-old's birthday party and he was every bit the professional and also a really nice guy. His musical range is awesome and he's one talented performer.
David was terrific! Everyone raved about his music and singing ability. He was flexible - playing outside until the rain started, then moved indoors and allowed my daughter to have her singing debut. I would definitely recommend him and use him again.
Response from David T. Lester:
Thank you for the work. I feel like I made some new friends that evening. I think I may have left my UCF hoodie at your house, though.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 120 - 300 minutes
What to Expect
Extensive playlist covering a variety of styles including: Rock, Country, Jazz & Classical. These categories are generally not all mixed into one performance but rather, are styles one could expect a whole evening of entertainment from. Do you need background music only? I can do that. Do you want the Wedding March, the Bridal Chorus for your wedding or Pomp & Circumstance for the Graduation Ceremony played on Guitar? I can do that. Do you want your guests to sing along with Classic Songs that never seem to grow old? I can do that. Do you want someone to tell dirty jokes and get dunk while they are playing? I do NOT do that. I show up on time, properly dressed, deliver high quality music, and leave when I am done. No 40 minutes of music followed by a twenty minute break. You hire me for three hours- I play for three hours, period.
I play music instrumentally or vocally accompanied by guitar. I can play a wide variety of styles at a professional level including Singer/Songwriter stuff such as Elton John, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, The Eagles Jack Johnson, etc. Instrumental background music from chord-melody arrangements of pop tunes and jazz standards from Gershwin, Ellington and others to the classical music of Bach, Beethoven and the Boys. I have a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, Graduate work in Music Technology from IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana. Active as an educator, I have taught for the Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University, and I currently am Adjunct Faculty of Classical Guitar Studies at Terra State Community College in Fremont, OH, where I have been on Faculty since 2001. As a performer of over 200 shows annually, I have been a full time musician in both Florida and Ohio playing shows for Walt Disney World, Embassy Suites Hotels, Marriott Hotels, The Catawba Island Club, Nor Easter Club and many others. A prospective client can expect non-stop music, meaning no breaks. For me, music is about sharing and I have too much music I desire to share with others to take a break- unless there is a need for announcements or something that would require a pause in the music.
Additional Booking Notes
I have equipment which requires a small footprint for those venues which only have an area of about 4'x4' for the musician. I also have a Bose L1 system which also has a small footprint while providing sufficient volume and projection for larger rooms. I do NOT offer special effects lighting, smoke, fog etc...just music.
Past Booked Events
|December 09, 2017 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Christmas Party|
|December 10, 2016 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|December 10, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|October 11, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|June 13, 2015||Graduation|
My set list is too expansive to list here. Suffice to say that I have played gigs as long as Five hours (without a break) without repeating a song. My set list has evolved from customer requests, therefore I really am playing to the people- not just what I want to play or what I SUSPECT people want to hear.
|David T. Lester||Guitarist/Vocalist|
Influences & Inspiration
Too many influences to list. The Beatles, The Eagles, Jim Croce, and the greats from the Singer/Songwriter Era. Also the great composers from the American Songbook Era. Finally, I LOVE Classical music- but given its limited audience, I find myself with a smaller audience for Classical Music than Pop Music these days.
I provide necessary equipment except lighting. I need to be within 20' of electric power outlets.
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