Michael Lancaster has been a professional musician, teacher and DJ since 1992. He has been playing guitar for 40 years and the bagpipes for 30 years. He has a B.S. in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver where he is currently part of the faculty as a lecturer of music and guitar at the College of Arts and Media. Michael is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Denver Musicians Association, Denver Wedding Professionals, The Association of Bridal Consultants, The Funeral and Memorial Vendors Association of Colorado and a founding member of the Centennial State Pipe Band.
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, Crown Royal, Murphy’s Stout,
Newcastle Ale and Coors as well as numerous “Classic Single Malt” labels. Michael has
performed at some very prestigious functions, most recently: the Columbine Memorial at
the Colorado State Capitol, United States Marine Corp. 230th Annual Ball, Sun Microsystems John Elway Golf Classic,
General Motors Annual Christmas Party at the Brown Palace, Cherry Creek Arts
Festival, Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks, 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. Michael has
performed for such dignitaries as Vice President Al Gore, British Counsel
General John McGuire, Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Denver Mayor John
His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche,
as well as high
profile clients like John Elway, Mike Shanahan and Michael Jordan.
Michael performs on both the Highland
Pipes as well as the quieter Small Pipes for smaller venues. Michael
often uses both forms of bagpipe during his performances for a contrast in
mood and emotion. Michael possesses an impressive set list, and
knows enough music to play for hours. Michael also teaches bagpipe lessons.
Michael is a professional guitarist who
performs at the highest level.
Michael is also a Lecturer of music and guitar at the University of
Colorado and also teaches private students outside of the University.
He has composed two film scores, many commercial jingles, and licensed
his music to many major corporations and advertising campaigns. He has
also released a solo guitar album called “Fluorescent Orange Jam
Sandwich,” which can be found in many music stores around Denver.
Shortly after the release of his album Michael was invited to perform a
session in Colorado’s renowned KBCO
As a guitarist, Michael plays and teaches most all styles, including pop, jazz, rock, blues, classical, spanish, celtic, and new age. He specializes in finger-style, classical and contemporary guitar. He also sings a variety of songs. Michael possesses a vast repertoire, knows enough material to play for hours, and his music is the perfect compliment to any event.
Michael performs at 275 functions a year, teaches 40 private bagpipe and guitar students a week, is an lecturer of music and guitar at the University of Colorado at Denver, and runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.
Lastly, Michael runs Bagpipers International Highland Supply for the finest sales in bagpipes, drums, supplies, kilts, and kilt rentals.
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