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Bagpiper & Guitarist- Michael Lancaster

Golden , CO
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LOCATION

24049 High Meadow Dr.
Golden, CO US 80401 (map)

PHONE

303-765-1245

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ABOUT US

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... Read more
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 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. Read less
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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Solo, Soloist / Vocalist
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar

REVIEWS

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Nikki
Wedding:
9/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Michael played guitar for our ceremony and it was beautiful! He is such a professional and we would highly recommend him to any couple looking for music.
Michael played guitar for our ceremony and it was beautiful! He is such a professional and we would highly recommend him Read more...
Michael played guitar for our ceremony and it was beautiful! He is such a professional and we would highly recommend him to any couple looking for music. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
9/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Michael is so friendly and is such a beautiful piper - the minute he started playing the waterworks flowed, both on my end and our guests. He even played a longer song then discussed for a postlude. He was perfect!!
Michael is so friendly and is such a beautiful piper - the minute he started playing the waterworks flowed, both on my end Read more...
Michael is so friendly and is such a beautiful piper - the minute he started playing the waterworks flowed, both on my end and our guests. He even played a longer song then discussed for a postlude. He was perfect!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Marissa
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Michael played the bagpipes at our wedding up in the mountains this past July and it made our ceremony incredibly special. We actually had a DJ play music while the wedding party walked down the aisle, but as soon as the wedding party was standing at the alter, the music faded out and Michael started to play from a distance as I walked down the aisle with my father. It was a surprise to all of our guests, including my dad! The music gave everyone goosebumps (in a good way!) Michael then played all of the music for the recessional / postlude which was just lovely. From day one, Michael was very easy to work with and was open to any ideas that we had for the ceremony. He was prompt to respond to our emails and was on top of all of the details to ensure we were on the same page prior to our wedding day. If you want to add an unexpected and beautiful element to your wedding, I can't recommend Michael enough! I promise that you will not regret it :)
Michael played the bagpipes at our wedding up in the mountains this past July and it made our ceremony incredibly special. Read more...
Michael played the bagpipes at our wedding up in the mountains this past July and it made our ceremony incredibly special. We actually had a DJ play music while the wedding party walked down the aisle, but as soon as the wedding party was standing at the alter, the music faded out and Michael started to play from a distance as I walked down the aisle with my father. It was a surprise to all of our guests, including my dad! The music gave everyone goosebumps (in a good way!) Michael then played all of the music for the recessional / postlude which was just lovely. From day one, Michael was very easy to work with and was open to any ideas that we had for the ceremony. He was prompt to respond to our emails and was on top of all of the details to ensure we were on the same page prior to our wedding day. If you want to add an unexpected and beautiful element to your wedding, I can't recommend Michael enough! I promise that you will not regret it :) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Julia
Wedding:
6/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Michael was such a pleasure to work with! He s extremely diligent at providing a quick response to questions and help keep us on task. He was prompt with his arrival and set up and understanding of the madness accompanying a wedding. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to any bride looking for the final touch on ceremony music. It was easy to preview and pick something from his site to know exactly how each song sounded and also to discuss our desires for music outside of his typical forte. Michael's beautiful guitar playing was the icing on the cake to our ceremony in the mountains!
Michael was such a pleasure to work with! He s extremely diligent at providing a quick response to questions and help keep Read more...
Michael was such a pleasure to work with! He s extremely diligent at providing a quick response to questions and help keep us on task. He was prompt with his arrival and set up and understanding of the madness accompanying a wedding. I would recommend him in a heartbeat to any bride looking for the final touch on ceremony music. It was easy to preview and pick something from his site to know exactly how each song sounded and also to discuss our desires for music outside of his typical forte. Michael's beautiful guitar playing was the icing on the cake to our ceremony in the mountains! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Michael was such an asset to our outdoor ceremony in Boulder, CO. Although we didn't actually meet him until the ceremony, he was so professional and really helped us pick the right music for our ceremony. He played acoustic guitar while people gathered before the ceremony, while I walked down the aisle, and during our cocktail party after. He did a fabulous job of becoming part of our ceremony rather than making himself and the music stand out. I would highly recommend him to anyone for any type of event. Thanks Michael!
Michael was such an asset to our outdoor ceremony in Boulder, CO. Although we didn't actually meet him until the ceremony, Read more...
Michael was such an asset to our outdoor ceremony in Boulder, CO. Although we didn't actually meet him until the ceremony, he was so professional and really helped us pick the right music for our ceremony. He played acoustic guitar while people gathered before the ceremony, while I walked down the aisle, and during our cocktail party after. He did a fabulous job of becoming part of our ceremony rather than making himself and the music stand out. I would highly recommend him to anyone for any type of event. Thanks Michael! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sarah
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Michael Lancaster was amazing!! He showed up early on our wedding day and made sure everything was taken care of. I literally just got to enjoy him play the music without having to deal with running around organizing things. His customer service is great. He follows through and follows up and I even had a thank you email from him 2 hours after my event! His music was truly fantastic and I'm trying to figure out another event I can have where I can hire him again! Thank you Michael for helping in making our day so special!!
Michael Lancaster was amazing!! He showed up early on our wedding day and made sure everything was taken care of. I Read more...
Michael Lancaster was amazing!! He showed up early on our wedding day and made sure everything was taken care of. I literally just got to enjoy him play the music without having to deal with running around organizing things. His customer service is great. He follows through and follows up and I even had a thank you email from him 2 hours after my event! His music was truly fantastic and I'm trying to figure out another event I can have where I can hire him again! Thank you Michael for helping in making our day so special!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
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.
Is there any place to have 6 stars? Michael was an ace when it came to communication, which was super important as this Read more...
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. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Michael was the perfect choice for our daughter's wedding. He was very professional and made helpful recommendations regarding music selections as well being able to perfectly perform her requests. Michael was dressed beautifully in his authentic Celtic clothing. He was a pleasure to work with. Thanks again!
Michael was the perfect choice for our daughter's wedding. He was very professional and made helpful recommendations Read more...
Michael was the perfect choice for our daughter's wedding. He was very professional and made helpful recommendations regarding music selections as well being able to perfectly perform her requests. Michael was dressed beautifully in his authentic Celtic clothing. He was a pleasure to work with. Thanks again! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
I was looking for a guitarist for our ceremony and came upon Michael's website. When I saw that he was also a piper I was so excited because my husband LOVES bagpipes. I worked with Michael to make the pipes a surprise, only to be brought out when I began walking down the aisle. It was awesome! He was on top of it when we were planning, making sure to finalize details with me early along. He was easy to reach and accommodated what I wanted the ceremony to look like. A true professional through and through and an extremely talented musician!!!
I was looking for a guitarist for our ceremony and came upon Michael's website. When I saw that he was also a piper I was Read more...
I was looking for a guitarist for our ceremony and came upon Michael's website. When I saw that he was also a piper I was so excited because my husband LOVES bagpipes. I worked with Michael to make the pipes a surprise, only to be brought out when I began walking down the aisle. It was awesome! He was on top of it when we were planning, making sure to finalize details with me early along. He was easy to reach and accommodated what I wanted the ceremony to look like. A true professional through and through and an extremely talented musician!!! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Michael provided elegant and fun ceremony music, had great suggestions for our processional music, and ceremony service structure. He arrived at the venue right on time and the guests were very complimentary! I'd definitely recommend Michael as an entertainment option for friends and family!
Michael provided elegant and fun ceremony music, had great suggestions for our processional music, and ceremony service Read more...
Michael provided elegant and fun ceremony music, had great suggestions for our processional music, and ceremony service structure. He arrived at the venue right on time and the guests were very complimentary! I'd definitely recommend Michael as an entertainment option for friends and family! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Michael played the guitar and the bagpipes for our wedding and he did a wonderful job! We received so many compliments from all of our guests. We highly recommend Michael for your next event! He is professional, prompt with responding to emails and was very nice!
Michael played the guitar and the bagpipes for our wedding and he did a wonderful job! We received so many compliments Read more...
Michael played the guitar and the bagpipes for our wedding and he did a wonderful job! We received so many compliments from all of our guests. We highly recommend Michael for your next event! He is professional, prompt with responding to emails and was very nice! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Michael was absolutely amazing. From the very beginning when I emailed him, he was super polite, quick to respond, and helped guide me in choosing the right songs for our wedding. There were a couple songs I asked if he could play, and if he couldn't he would suggest alternates, which ended up working out even better.
His bagpipe and guitar was so touching during the ceremony that it made me cry (and several others).
I highly recommend him to anyone who wants bagpipe or acoustic guitar. He is a true artist.
Michael was absolutely amazing. From the very beginning when I emailed him, he was super polite, quick to respond, and Read more...
Michael was absolutely amazing. From the very beginning when I emailed him, he was super polite, quick to respond, and helped guide me in choosing the right songs for our wedding. There were a couple songs I asked if he could play, and if he couldn't he would suggest alternates, which ended up working out even better.
His bagpipe and guitar was so touching during the ceremony that it made me cry (and several others).
I highly recommend him to anyone who wants bagpipe or acoustic guitar. He is a true artist. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
2.8/5.0
Several of my guests commented on how great the musician was. Michael Lancaster played classical guitar for us. He has a website with an extensive list of songs that he claims he can play. I picked three songs from the list and let him know of my choices. Unfortunately, he said that he no longer played 2 out of the 3 songs. He recommended about 6 other songs to choose from. I am still upset that he couldn't take the time to either update his website with his current song list or refresh his memory with the ones I had picked. I half suspect that he keeps all those songs on the website so he looks more appealing. Sorry, Michael, I wouldn't recommend you to a friend.
Several of my guests commented on how great the musician was. Michael Lancaster played classical guitar for us. He has a Read more...
Several of my guests commented on how great the musician was. Michael Lancaster played classical guitar for us. He has a website with an extensive list of songs that he claims he can play. I picked three songs from the list and let him know of my choices. Unfortunately, he said that he no longer played 2 out of the 3 songs. He recommended about 6 other songs to choose from. I am still upset that he couldn't take the time to either update his website with his current song list or refresh his memory with the ones I had picked. I half suspect that he keeps all those songs on the website so he looks more appealing. Sorry, Michael, I wouldn't recommend you to a friend. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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spongejen
Wedding:
5/30/2010
4.8/5.0
Very accommodating with song requests, and I have heard nothing but good things from other brides who have used him. The ceremony music was beautiful, and he even learned a song last minute for a surprise my husband planned for the ceremony. Super nice guy, and very talented. Would definitely recommend! I only counted down on the value because I felt like the price was expensive for a 20 minute ceremony, but he really was fabulous!
Very accommodating with song requests, and I have heard nothing but good things from other brides who have used him. The Read more...
Very accommodating with song requests, and I have heard nothing but good things from other brides who have used him. The ceremony music was beautiful, and he even learned a song last minute for a surprise my husband planned for the ceremony. Super nice guy, and very talented. Would definitely recommend! I only counted down on the value because I felt like the price was expensive for a 20 minute ceremony, but he really was fabulous! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jenn
Wedding:
10/24/2009
3.7/5.0
All I have to say, is if you have something specific in mind, negotiate up front. We used his Guitar services and he did a nice job...but we did have a bit of a hiccup in the planning process with special requests. We worked through it, but it tainted my entire view of him as a professional. I'm not sure on an overall rapport or if I'd use him again.
All I have to say, is if you have something specific in mind, negotiate up front. We used his Guitar services and he did a Read more...
All I have to say, is if you have something specific in mind, negotiate up front. We used his Guitar services and he did a nice job...but we did have a bit of a hiccup in the planning process with special requests. We worked through it, but it tainted my entire view of him as a professional. I'm not sure on an overall rapport or if I'd use him again. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Sherryl
Wedding:
10/8/2009
5.0/5.0
We had a Renaissance themed wedding and we loved working with Michael! He was professional, had a great selection of music and we've already referred him for anyone wanting excellent music and a great value! He made our event more special.
We had a Renaissance themed wedding and we loved working with Michael! He was professional, had a great selection of music Read more...
We had a Renaissance themed wedding and we loved working with Michael! He was professional, had a great selection of music and we've already referred him for anyone wanting excellent music and a great value! He made our event more special. Read less
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Kevin
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
As a professional musician myself, the quality of the live music in my wedding ceremony was of the utmost importance. Michael was a consummate professional and a true pleasure to work with. He was a prompt and responsive communicator with all phone calls, and was incredible in working with us to give shape to our ceremony. Additionally, Michael was a great collaborator with the singers who were performing and was responsive to making sure that we could have the songs we wanted on our special day. We knew that with Michael the music in our ceremony was in very capable and talented hands, and would highly recommend him to other couples.
As a professional musician myself, the quality of the live music in my wedding ceremony was of the utmost importance. Read more...
As a professional musician myself, the quality of the live music in my wedding ceremony was of the utmost importance. Michael was a consummate professional and a true pleasure to work with. He was a prompt and responsive communicator with all phone calls, and was incredible in working with us to give shape to our ceremony. Additionally, Michael was a great collaborator with the singers who were performing and was responsive to making sure that we could have the songs we wanted on our special day. We knew that with Michael the music in our ceremony was in very capable and talented hands, and would highly recommend him to other couples. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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KDUBCGo
Wedding:
8/8/2009
4.6/5.0
Michael was very in tune with what we were looking for. He was able to improvise and keep our guests entertained.
Michael was very in tune with what we were looking for. He was able to improvise and keep our guests entertained.
Michael was very in tune with what we were looking for. He was able to improvise and keep our guests entertained. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kristine Semantel
Wedding:
10/11/2008
5.0/5.0
Michael did a great job. Played pipes through the ceremony and guitar for dinner. It was fabulous.
Michael did a great job. Played pipes through the ceremony and guitar for dinner. It was fabulous.
Michael did a great job. Played pipes through the ceremony and guitar for dinner. It was fabulous. Read less
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Brandy
Wedding:
8/1/2008
5.0/5.0
Michael Lancaster was amazing on our wedding day! He was very professional and his music made the ceremony that much more meaningful! Thank you so much Michael!
Michael Lancaster was amazing on our wedding day! He was very professional and his music made the ceremony that much more Read more...
Michael Lancaster was amazing on our wedding day! He was very professional and his music made the ceremony that much more meaningful! Thank you so much Michael! Read less
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Ashlee
Wedding:
1/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Provided beautiful bagpipe and classical guitar music during our wedding ceremony!
Provided beautiful bagpipe and classical guitar music during our wedding ceremony!
Provided beautiful bagpipe and classical guitar music during our wedding ceremony! Read less
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Rachelle
Wedding:
8/3/2007
5.0/5.0
Michael was a pleasure to work with. He is very talented and very easy to work with. He made our wedding even more magical. I would and will recommend him to everyone!
Michael was a pleasure to work with. He is very talented and very easy to work with. He made our wedding even more Read more...
Michael was a pleasure to work with. He is very talented and very easy to work with. He made our wedding even more magical. I would and will recommend him to everyone! Read less
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Matt
Wedding:
10/14/2006
5.0/5.0
Michael was one of the most helpful, flexible and accommodating people we had working with us on our wedding. From our first conversation he was offering suggestions, recommending different music and really adding to the specialness of the ceremony. We made a number of small changes to our plans based on Michael's recommendations and all of them made a difference in how well everything flowed. The music was fantastic and all of our quests loved it. We would recommend Michael to anyone!
Michael was one of the most helpful, flexible and accommodating people we had working with us on our wedding. From our Read more...
Michael was one of the most helpful, flexible and accommodating people we had working with us on our wedding. From our first conversation he was offering suggestions, recommending different music and really adding to the specialness of the ceremony. We made a number of small changes to our plans based on Michael's recommendations and all of them made a difference in how well everything flowed. The music was fantastic and all of our quests loved it. We would recommend Michael to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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