Specialty Ensembles

With a vision to provide the very best music in Colorado, Masterful Musicians is proud to present our roster of Specialty Ensembles! Although not every musician in these ensembles has obtained a University Master’s degree, every group here has earned our respect and admiration. We have personally reviewed and vetted these ensembles based on their performance quality, popularity and professional longevity. Masterful Musicians has actively sought these select bands to represent particular styles of music.

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We represent only the finest of each Original Contemporary, Rock, Top 40’s.
In the Jazz categories: Traditional , Classical and Pop, Swing and Show-tunes.
Steel Drum Ensembles, Hammered Dulcimer,  Brass bands, Classical salon music, Salsa/Latin, Island, Bluegrass, Classical guitar, Mariachi, Christian A Capella, Bagpiper and Contra Dance Music, Two Guitars telling a story and Violin.

These Ensembles are perfect for Weddings, Receptions, Corporate Parties, Non-profit Events, Conventions, Galas, Reunions, Festivals and Fundraisers.

Listen to the samples, read their biographies and envision a great event!

  • Jazz
  • Piano
  • Pop
  • Vocals

Bonnie

Masterful Musician, vocalist and pianist, Bonnie Vocalist-pianist Bonnie, began piano lessons at age six and received a BM at CU Boulder in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with a Minor in Voice. Bonnie has studied jazz piano privately with Ted Alexander, Katy Roberts, Eric Gunnison and Art Lande. Throughout the 1990’s Bonnie lived in Paris, France and performed at celebrated clubs and festivals in Paris and Europe.  University of Colorado Boulder,Bachelor of Music in Pedagogy and Performance, music · 1976 – 1981

 

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  • Bluegrass
  • classical guitar
  • Composition
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Guitar
Andy Band

Andy

Andy was raised on the idea that music can paint colors more vivid than any paintbrush. He does just that, weaving the world of flamenco and classical guitar into an arsenal of upbeat, contemporary-folk songs that are 100 percent, unmistakably Andy!

Award-winning Nashville recording artist, songwriter and classical guitarist, Andy holds a Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Andy was previously on the Music Faculty at the University of Colorado, where he taught guitar, theory and songwriting during graduate studies.

  • Winner – National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Competition
  • Winner – Music Teachers National Association Competition (CO,and West Region)
  • Finalist in three major international competitions.
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  • Bagpipes
Randy

Bagpiper

Bagpiper Randy has been playing the Great Highland Bagpipes for 15 years. Currently he is a competing member with Ciorcal Cairde Irish Pipes and Drums. He also plays with the Pipes and Drums of Celtic Colorado, one of the premier bagpipe bands in Colorado and the official bagpipe band of The Denver Brass.

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  • Brass
Masterful Musicians Brass Quintet

Brass Quintet

Our Brass Quintet is a dynamic ensemble of extraordinary lady-musicians!

Members of the group have performed with many of the best music ensembles in the state and around the country. They have received several local honors/awards and were selected as winners of the Angie Southard Chamber Music Competition in 2001.

Most recently, the quintet was advanced to the finals of a prestigious national competition, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and placed in the top 6 wind chamber groups in the country. Our Brass is perfect for large functions, festivals, community celebrations and conventions.

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Simple Gifts

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  • Orchestral
  • Pop
  • Violin
Brett

Brett

Brett-As a performer, Brett has played at the legendary Carnegie Hall with many orchestras and at Madison Square Garden, SNL, MTV, & Live8 with hip hop legend Kanye West. Brett has worked in the movie industry and recently taught violin and doubled for Jessica Alba in The Eye. She has performed with acclaimed artists, Philip Glass, Burt Bacharach, Kurt Masur, Philip Quint & Daniel Bernard Roumain. Brett is currently Assistant Concertmaster of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic Orchestra and also performs regularly with Opera Colorado, Central City Opera, the Boulder Philharmonic & Santa Fe Concert Association Orchestra. She has also been a member of the Santa Fe Symphony, the New York Chamber Opera, Henry Mancini Orchestra and the World Youth Symphony. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music.

 

 

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  • acoustic bass
  • Bluegrass
  • Country
  • Dance
  • Guitar
  • Violin
  • Vocals

Country Dance Band: TCMP

 

The Country Music Project band for Masterful Musicians 2016

“TCMP works hard to honor the traditional sounds of country music and at the same time tackle the modern sounds of today’s artists.  With the most power vocal lineup in the Denver marketplace, TCMP is a must see for fans of vocal country music! With its mix of male and female four-part vocals, and instrumentation that includes acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars, mandolin, keyboards, bass and drums, TCMP keeps alive the old sound of country music, but has the power to punch out the popular sounds of today’s new artists.   Most of all, TCMP wants to sound like a group of musicians, rather than a collection of amplifiers. Our sound won’t leave your ears ringing!  TCMP prides itself on the purity of its vocals and acoustic instrumentation, and the way our guitars, vocals and rhythm section blend together to make enjoyable, dance-able music!” Watch the fun at the Highland Ranch Mansion!

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  • Americana
  • Folk
  • Guitar
Steve & Guy - Two Guitars Telling a Story

Guy & Steve

Guy & Steve, Two Guitars Telling A Story is a guitar duet. Imagine Chet Atkins and his fingerstyle tunes combined with Eric Clapton and his sweet lead riffs joining together to play for you in your living room; this is our music. We fill the evening with guitar music, no singing, just guitars. Guy grew up playing music on the North Side of Chicago, IL. In the 80’s he toured nationally, either playing with or sharing concert stages with Robert Palmer, Dave Mason, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Leon Russell, The Grass Roots, Leo Kottke, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore, Tommy James and The Shondels, and many more. Variety Magazine said: “Guy plays the 6 string lead guitar… and shows impressive technique in high speed picking… Indefatigable, pours it on throughout.” Steve started playing guitar twelve years ago because of a promise to his daughter  A guitar has never been far from Steve’s side throughout those years.

 

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  • acoustic bass
  • Americana
  • Banjo
  • Celtic
  • Composition
  • Country
  • Dance
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Violin
  • Vocals

Katie: Jazz violinist, fiddler extraordinaire

Masterful Musician, Katie G. violin, fiddle, vocals Katie studied classical and jazz violin at the University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating with a BA in music performance and a certificate in jazz studies. In 2007 she became only the second American to attend the Centre Musique Didier Lockwood in France, the world’s foremost jazz violin school.
Katie has been teaching fiddling since 1994. She teaches fiddling as a basis for historical study, technique, improvisation, theory, rhythm, preservation, repertoire (Texas fiddle, western swing, swing, jazz, oldtime etc.) and purely the joy of playing music. Lessons are taught primarily by ear, with an emphasis on music reading.  Katie teaches fiddling in the traditional sense of building a song from the melody and then expanding to many variations of the theme.  Practice programs and styles taught are designed per student.  The styles range from: Texas oldtime fiddle, swing, western swing, Gypsy jazz and Celtic.

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  • Vocals
Legacy

A’capella Christian Music : Legacy

Legacy is a nationally known Christian vocal group whose sound has been compared to many world-renowned groups such as Take 6, Glad, A cappella and the Gaither Vocal Band. The group consists of Clint, Michael, Marty, Josh and Jake. Their A cappella sound is described as fresh and exciting. Legacy’s Awards include:* 2009 Independent Music Awards & 2010 Independent Music Award, Peoples Choice Winner for Contemporary Christian Album of the Year * 2009 CARA Nominee for Best Holiday Album* 2008 Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes Champions * 3rd Overall at National Harmony Sweepstakes. Book this fantastic ensemble for conventions, retreats, non-profit fundraisers, special services and community outreach projects.

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  • Classical
  • classical guitar
  • Composition
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Pop
Roger and Jonathan Listen Louis

Listen Louis

Roger & Jonathan: ‘Listen Louis’ is a duo featuring jazz, classical and pop music from the perspective of two classically trained guitarists. Roger and Jonathan are sponsored by Godin Guitars and Sfarzo Strings and have won multiple awards. Both received Master of Music degrees from the University of Denver and are recording artists on the Azica Records label. This video features wedding style music.

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  • Guitar
  • Vocals
Massif Trio

Massif Trio

Massif is defined as a compact group of mountains, especially one that is separate from other groups. Our Massif Trio is a refined group of phenomenal musicians. They stand out as individuals and as an ensemble. Massif is comprised two classical guitars that have been arranged to accompany rich vocals. Jonathan’s award winning arrangement of Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe Op. 48 is being published by Clear Note Publication and recorded for Azica Records. ( To read more about Jonathan visit his site.) With the addition of works by Strauss and Schubert, Massif Trio is prepared to give you an outstanding concert quality performance.

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  • Guitar
  • Jazz
Mel's Trio Ensemble

Mel’s Trio

Mel’s Trio provides the best in background Jazz instrumentals.

From his East Coast Baltimore, Maryland roots, Mel’s guitar provides a roomful of music. His instrumental styling provides a warm, inviting sound, just right for that special occasion. With crisp, clean sounds inspired by such Jazz guitar legends as Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, and Pat Metheny, Mel’s styles of the Jazz Standards, Bossa / Sambas, and some of your favorites are well-played with an original Jazz flair.

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Mel’s Ensemble Sample

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  • Bluegrass
Masterful Musicians Bluegrass Band

Bluegrass Band

Playing that old time country music that really gets the leather to tappin’. This Bluegrass Band specializes in old-time bluegrass music with some traditional blues and country music thrown in. Americana music personified! These fellas have twenty years of perfecting this sound. Their warmth and friendliness is appreciated by audiences throughout Colorado.

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Clinch Mountain Backstep

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  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Steel Drums
Rick & Aaron - Steel Drum Ensembles

Steel Drum Band : Rick, Aaron and crew

Rick & Aaron, present a unique blend of 2 instruments which bring Island music to life. They specialize in styles which include Calypso, Bossa Nova and pop jazz covers. Relax with your friends to the festive mood these musicians bring to any event.  AND, Watch how they bring the whole band together for a sweet party vibe.

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  • acoustic bass
  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Dance
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Pop
  • Vocals

Road House, Americana

Masterful Musicians enjoys every song played by Al, Josh & MarkAl, Josh & Mark are seasoned entertainers. Their clean all American good looks [and manners] provide family fun. tight harmonies, excellent musicianship and a great set list makes them a favorite with us. Road House Americana never sounded better!

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  • Jazz
  • Piano
Scott's Ensemble

Scott’s Ensemble

Pianist, Scott, whose NYC studio credits include co-writing and producing the track Magnetic with the band Steps Ahead, featuring Michael Brecker and Diane Reeves, as well as recordings with Carly Simon and Mariah Carey, began playing every Sunday afternoon at Vic’s Espresso in Boulder several years ago. Bret Saunders writes in the Denver Post that Scott’s Ensemble, “plays jazz from the ’30s through the ’50s with enthusiasm and obvious affection, and everyone in the septet holds his own…” This band is ideal for corporate and private events requiring outstanding technical musicianship as well as style!

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“I Wanna be Like You”

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  • Brazillian
  • Classical
  • classical guitar
  • Composition
  • Cuban
  • Guitar
  • Live music
  • Now Playing
  • Vocals
Eric, masterful musicians guitar and bassist

Sergio & Eric guitar duo

ERIC is an accomplished guitarist and bassist as well as composer, and has been playing professionally since the age of 16. He holds a B.A. in Music from Ithaca College and a Master’s in Music from the University of Miami. He has enjoyed a successful career playing in Broadway shows, backing up name entertainers such as Chuck Berry, The Fifth Dimension, The Drifters, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Anthony Newley, Maureen McGovern, Chita Rivera, the Smothers Brothers, recording with the Orchestre Suisse Romande, performing solo guitar concerts, giving music workshops, and providing music for every type of occasion. His repertoire ranges from classical to jazz, brazilian to new age and nuevo flamenco. He works as a solo performer with tracks, as a guitar/flute duo and with a quartet. Eric’s own original music encompasses a variety of musical influences from Paul Winter and David Darling to Ralph Towner, Eberhard Weber and Pat Metheny as well as the music of Brazil. His own unique sound comes from a melding of instruments — from the classical guitar, acoustic bass and guitar synthesizer to the mandolin and the bandura (a Ukrainian instrument akin to the harp).
His debut CD, “IN A SILENT PLACE”, featuring world renowned cellist, David Darling, has been receiving accolades the world over, and most recently the track “Flowing” became a finalist in the “new age” category of the 2009 Independent Music Awards and the track “Cella’s Song”, written for his wife, won first prize in the “instrumental” category of the 2007 USA Songwriting Competition. His music can currently be heard on XM Radio as well as Comcast’s “Music Choice” channel on their “Soundscapes” program.     Sergio & Eric guitar duo

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  • Cello
  • Celtic
  • Classical
  • classical guitar
  • Composition
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Live music
  • News
  • Violin

Steve’s Ensembles

Steve is formally trained in classical and jazz styles, with a degree in Guitar Performance.  In addition to playing classical guitar, he plays in rock, dance and top-40, soul and r&b, country, blues, and jazz bands. He has played with everyone from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra to shows such as Disney’s “The Lion King” during its entire Denver run.
Steve is a veteran of 1000’s of weddings, parties, and corporate events both with his ensemble and as a soloist.

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  • Celtic
  • Country
  • Dance
  • Folk
Teri's Celtic to Cowboy

Celtic, Cowboy & Contra Dance Band :Teri’s Trio

Teri’s Trio, Celtic to Cowboy AND Contra Dance bands: This versatile group adds a unique loveliness to any event. Their intricate and gentle weaving of melodies creates musical intimacy while preserving the fun of a vintage Americana sound. You ask, What is Contra Dancing? It refers to several styles in which couples dance in two facing lines. Contra dances can be found around the world and have a vintage history during barn dances. Dances are taught by a ‘caller’ and are suitable for all ages.

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  • Dulcimer
Tina Gugeler

Hammer Dulcimer : Tina

Tina Gugeler first heard a hammered dulcimer in Ketchikan, Alaska. It quickly became her passion and soon it seemed everyone on the island had heard Tina and her band, BearFoot. She played for cruise ship tourists, for weddings and dances, and at the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau. Over the years, Tina has won many local and regional competitions and in the year 2000 she won the U.S. National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. She appears on recordings by Grand view Victorian Orchestra, Denver’s High Strung and plays with the dance band Balance and Swing, Grandview Victorian Orchestra, and variations of Denver’s High Strung (Unstrung Heroes)

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  • Jazz
  • Pop
Ukulele Duo

Ukulele Duo

Ukulele Duo Island music is very relaxing and more versatile than one might think.

The ukulele is a great example of an instrument that began by being associated with music from Hawaii. Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on a small guitar-like instrument which Portuguese cabinet makers produced. It then gained great popularity in the early 1900’s for jazz and pop-standards. Let our Ukulele Duo take your party or reception to another place and time! Use it for the entire event or schedule the duo for a special segment to charm everyone.

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  • Piano
Masterful Musician, Victor Mestas Perez

Victor

VICTOR has performed as a musician (pianist, keyboardist and arranger) for renowned bands in Venezuela, including: Guaco, Trabuco Venezolano. He has also accompanied an array of singers in live concerts, including: Soledad Bravo, Cheo Feliciano, and Julio Iglesias 2010 Tour in Uruguay and Argentina , just to name a few. His professional background includes more than 80 recording productions for national and international renowned artists, including a 2010 Latin Grammy Award with Ilan, a venezuelan songwriter. Additionally, because of his national and international recognition he has been appointed as a spokesperson and endorsement artist for YAMAHA musical products in Venezuela since 2001.

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