Bagpiper- Michael Lancaster biography
Bagpiper and Guitarist Michael Lancaster is a very versatile and highly sought after musician. 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.