Michael Lancaster has been a professional musician and instructor since
1992. He has been playing guitar for 27 years and the bagpipes since
1987. He has a B.S. in Music from the University of Colorado Denver
where he currently teaches music. Lancaster is also a member of the
American Federation of Musicians, Denver Musicians Association, Denver
Wedding Professionals, Funeral and Memorial Vendors Association of
Colorado, and is a founding member of the Centennial State Pipe Band.
has composed two film scores and various commercial jingles. 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 he was invited to perform a session in
Colorado's renowned KBCO Studio C.
As a guitarist, Lancaster
plays 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. He
possesses an impressive set list and knows enough material to play for
As a bagpiper, Lancaster 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, and numerous "Classic
Single Malt" labels. He has performed at some very prestigious functions
such as the Columbine Memorial at the Colorado State Capitol, United
States Marine Corp. 230th Annual Ball, Sun Microsystems John Elway Golf
Classic, Great American Beer Festival, Cherry Creek Arts Festival and
the Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks, Grand openings for James Avery
Jewelers, JW Marriott and Bel Mar Center, graduations for the CU Law
School, DU and Johnson and Wales University, numerous Colorado Rockies
and Colorado Rapids games, as well as the Royal Bank of Scotland coming
to America celebration. Lancaster has performed for such dignitaries as
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.
currently performs at 250 functions a year, including weddings,
funerals, military functions, schools, retirement homes, golf
tournaments, parties, corporate functions, promotions, conventions,
bars, and more. He is a very versatile musician and has the experience
to custom tailor any performance to suit any type of function. He also
teaches private guitar and pipe lessons to 40 students a week.
Lancaster also runs his own recording studio where he composes and records music for film, video and commercials.