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  • Michael Lancaster
    Lecturer
    Music & Entertainment Industry Studies
    AR 288
    michael.lancaster@ucdenver.edu
    303.765.1245

    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.​

    Lancaster 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 hours.​

    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.​

    Lancaster 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.​