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The BMS guitar program features a carefully selected faculty to provide quality instruction for guitarists of all ages and levels of ability.  We have instructors experienced in most playing styles and in working with students from 5 years old to adults.  In addition to guitar and electric bass, we provide instruction in banjo, mandolin and dobro.

Michael Lancaster -- Celtic, Classical, Folk, Jazz Guitar; Bagpipes

Michael has been a professional musician and instructor since 1992. He has been playing guitar for more than 30 years and the bagpipes since 1987. He has a B.S. in Music from the University of Colorado at Denver where he currently teaches music. Michael is also a founding member of the Centennial State Pipe Band.  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.

Nick Palan -- Classical Guitar

Nick is an accomplished guitarist and dedicated teacher.  His education includes a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Guitar Performance, and he is certified in the Suzuki method for early childhood training. Nicolas has over fifteen years experience as a guitar teacher, teaching guitar privately, in groups, and in the classroom.  Nicolas loves teaching students of every age and every level, and in recent years he has developed a special interest in teaching younger beginners.

Steve Shurack -- Rock, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Latin, Slide & Bass Guitar, Rock Bands, Jazz Ensembles    Link to Wash Park Profile article

BMS Director, Steve has been teaching guitar and electric bass and performing full time since 1972.  While his degree is in Classical Guitar Performance and Composition, he has played rock, blues, and folk since the 60’s and jazz since the 70’s and has toured the world performing.  He founded Broadway Music School in 2005 to share his love of music and to promote music education in the community.  He loves teaching players of all ages and abilities, and specializes in helping players who experience pain or technical problems in their playing. He is also a visiting artist at Denver School of the Arts, where he was instrumental in starting the guitar major program.  Steve is a band leader and owns and manages Sure Thing Entertainment and is endorsed by Sfarzo String Company.

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From small meetings and parties to large scale events -- soloists to 12-piece bands - playing classical, jazz, and variety dance music -- Sure Thing Entertainment has the right mix for any event.


Pierce Murphy -- Jazz, Rock, Pop Guitar; Jazz & Rock Ensembles

Pierce has extensive local and international performing and production credits as a vocalist, guitarist, and electric bassist specializing in jazz, soul, blues, rock, and pop styles and teaches students of all ages. Born and raised in Denver, Pierce has a 2011 BA in Music with an emphasis in jazz guitar from Metro State University of Denver studying with Dave Devine and Ron Miles and a 2017 Performance Certificate in jazz voice from the University of Denver studying with Donna Wickham. He's known for being a dynamic and engaging performer, taking his bands and music across Japan on tour in the fall of 2017 and a stop in Paris in the spring of 2018. He records and produces records prolifically as well, with credits on more than 30 albums and singles, often working with students to help get their music recorded and distributed.