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Ben Pila

Acoustic Guitarist from Tampa, FL Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 56 Reviews
  • 92 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2014
  • 9 Awards & Badges
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $400 per event

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Pila is a Juilliard-trained guitarist who's performed at events for five U.S. Presidents and Pope Francis. Ben plays music from Bach to the Beatles and uses his classical training to play instrumental versions of everyone's favorite songs. He is available for weddings, cocktail hours, birthday parties, concerts, and everything in between. BIO: Pila is the only classical guitarist ever named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He’s performed extensively throughout the United States and has been a featured artist at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center, and San Francisco’s Herbst Theater. Pila is a semi-regular performer at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum where he's played on programs with James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Itzhak Pearlman, and Yo-Yo Ma. Pila's debut CD, "Commemoration," is a tribute to the survivors and victims of 9/11. Pila's playing has been featured on NBC's "Today Show," and NPR's "From the Top." His upcoming book and recording, "Pop Standards for Fingerstyle Guitar" (Hal Leonard) includes 15 arrangements for solo guitar and will be published in late 2021/early 2022. Pila received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Pila currently lives in Tampa, Florida, and is a Professor of Humanities and Music at Polk State College.

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Review by Gregory G.

Cocktail PartyReviewed on March 1, 2019From Tampa, FL

Ben Pila was an artist of the first degree. What talent he has!!! I could not have had a better experience. Once I made contact through GigMasters I got an immediate response. Then, within a day, I heard from Ben. He agreed to do a cocktail party wedding celebration for me. Communication was easy and clear the entire time leading up to the event. He let me know when he would arrive and was early -- that always takes away some of the stress. His music was phenomenal; every guest not only commented that evening but it has now been a week and I am still getting compliments. Don't miss him doing Bohemian Rhapsody!!!! Thank you, Ben, and GigMasters!

Review by Brad H.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on March 8, 2019From Tampa, FL

Ben Pila was fantastic. An excellent addition to our wedding. The touch he added was perfect. We (bride and groom), unfortunately, only heard a small amount of his playing, but the guests all raved about his balance of contemporary & classic music. Would recommend to everybody 100 out of 100!!!

Review by Ann P.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on November 3, 2018From Tampa, FL

Ben was a delight to work with and he made the Wedding very special -I want to plan another party just so we can hear him play again!

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Song List

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  • POPULAR SONGS ARRANGED FOR SOLO GUITAR
  • Say Something | A Great Big World
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow | Harold Arlen
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me | Louis Armstrong
  • Wonderful World | Louis Armstrong
  • I Want it That Way | Backstreet Boys
  • Pompeii | Bastille
  • We Belong | Pat Benatar
  • The Luckiest | Ben Folds
  • Time To Say Goodbye | Andrea Bochelli
  • Living on a Prayer | Bon Jovi
  • The First Day of My Life | Bright Eyes
  • Signe | Eric Clapton
  • Wonderful Tonight | Eric Clapton
  • Fix You | Coldplay
  • The Scientist | Coldplay
  • Viva La Vida | Coldplay
  • Hallelujah | Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley
  • Wrecking Ball | Miley Cyrus
  • Crash Into Me | Dave Matthews Band
  • Lover Lay Down | Dave Matthews Band
  • Leaving on a Jet Plane | John Denver
  • My Heart Will Go On | Celine Dion
  • A Whole New World | Disney
  • Beauty and the Beast | Disney
  • Be Our Guest | Disney
  • Under the Sea | Disney
  • Game of Thrones | Ramin Djawadi
  • Wagon Wheel | Bob Dylan
  • Hotel California | The Eagles
  • Mean to Me | Brett Eldridge
  • Landslide | Fleetwood Mac
  • Hackensack | Fountains of Wayne
  • They Can't Take That Away From Me | Frank Sinatra
  • We Are Young | Fun.
  • Killing Me Softly | Charles Fox/The Fugees
  • Linus and Lucy | Vince Guaraldi
  • This Land is Your Land | Woody Guthrie
  • All Of Me | John Legend
  • Demons | Imagine Dragons
  • Radioactive | Imagine Dragons
  • Heartbeats | Jose Gonzalez
  • Piano Man | Billy Joel
  • Can You Feel the Love Tonight | Elton John
  • Tiny Dancer | Elton John
  • Better Together | Jack Johnson
  • I Got You | Jack Johnson
  • Over the Rainbow | Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • White Sandy Beach | Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • Stand By Me | Ben E. King
  • Storybook Love (Princess Bride) | Mark Knopfler
  • Super Mario Bros. | Koji Kondo
  • Stairway to Heaven | Led Zeppelin
  • Imagine | John Lennon
  • It's Impossible | Armando Manzanero
  • Redemption Song | Bob Marley
  • Grenade | Bruno Mars
  • Right Here Waiting | Richard Marx
  • Daughters | John Mayer
  • American Pie | Don McLean
  • Don't Worry Be Happy | Bobby McFerrin
  • Nothing Else Matters | Metallica
  • The Unforgiven | Metallica
  • Starships | Nicki Minaj
  • I Melt With You | Modern English
  • Gabriel's Oboe | Ennio Morricone
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly | Ennio Morricone
  • I'm Yours | Jason Mraz
  • Little Lion Man | Mumford and Sons
  • She is Love | Oasis
  • This is Me | Benj Pasek (The Greatest Showman)
  • Puff the Magic Dragon | Peter, Paul & Mary
  • This is Love (Wedding Song) | Peter, Paul & Mary
  • A Thousand Years | Christina Perri
  • Hey There Delilah | Plain White T's
  • Only Fools Rush In | Elvis Presley
  • Bohemian Rhapsody | Queen
  • Dee | Randy Rhoads
  • The Godfather Theme | Nino Rota
  • Thinking Out Loud | Ed Sheeran
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water | Simon and Garfunkel
  • Scarborough Fair | Simon and Garfunkel
  • Sound of Silence | Simon and Garfunkel
  • Don't You (Forget About Me) | Simple Minds
  • You've Got a Friend | James Taylor
  • Mad World | Tears for Fears
  • The Weight | The Band
  • All You Need is Love | The Beatles
  • Here Comes the Sun | The Beatless
  • Here, There and Everywhere | The Beatles
  • Hey Jude | The Beatles
  • In My Life | The Beatles
  • Something | The Beatles
  • Til There Was You | The Beatles
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps | The Beatles
  • Yesterday | The Beatles
  • Ho Hey | The Lumineers
  • Fake Empire | The National
  • Here Comes Your Man | The Pixies
  • Wild Horses | The Rolling Stones
  • Africa | Toto
  • Tetris Theme Song (Korobeiniki) | Trad. Russian
  • Hey Soul Sister | Train
  • Marry Me | Train
  • From This Moment | Shania Twain
  • La Bamba | Ritchie Valens
  • Have I Told You Lately | Van Morrison
  • Besame Mucho | Consuelo Velazquez
  • Shut Up and Dance | Walk the Moon
  • That's Amore | Harry Warren/Jack Brooks
  • Harry Potter Theme Song | John Williams
  • Star Wars Theme Song | John Williams
  • Classical Gas | Mason Williams
  • Pirates of the Caribbean Theme | Hans Zimmer
  • TRADITIONAL WEDDING MUSIC
  • Romance | Anonymous
  • Air on a G String | J.S. Bach
  • Jesu Joy Of Man's Desire | Bach
  • Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 | Bach
  • Prelude in C (Well-Tempered Clavier) | Bach
  • Ode To Joy | L.V. Beethoven
  • Simple Gifts | Joseph Brackett
  • Trumpet Voluntary | Jeremiah Clarke
  • Canon in D | Johann Pachelbel
  • O Mi Babbino Caro | Giacomo Puccini
  • Un Bel Di | Puccini
  • Ave Maria | Franz Schubert
  • Bridal Chorus | Felix Mendelssohn
  • Here Comes the Bride | Richard Wagner
  • Spring from the Four Seasons | Antonio Vivaldi
  • SPANISH CLASSICAL GUITAR
  • Asturias/Leyenda | Isaac Albeniz
  • Cataluna | Albeniz
  • Granada | Albeniz
  • Rumores de la Caleta | Albeniz
  • Sevilla | Albeniz
  • Homenaje | Manuel De Falla
  • Siete Canciones Espanoles Populares | Falla
  • The Miller's Dance | Falla
  • Variaciones Para Un Tema de Sor | Miguel Llobet
  • Fantasia X | Alonso Mudarra
  • Cancion del Emporador | Luis de Narvaez
  • Guardame las Vacas | Narvaez
  • Concierto de Aranjuez | Joaquin Rodrigo
  • Fantasia Para Un Gentilehombre | Rodrigo
  • Invocacion y Danza | Rodrigo
  • Tres Piezas Espanoles | Rodrigo
  • Cancion y Danza | Antonio Ruiz-Pipo
  • Canarios | Gaspar Sanz
  • Espanoleta | Sanz
  • Rujero y Paradetas | Sanz
  • Villano | Sanz
  • Segovia Estudios 1, 5, 17 | Fernando Sor
  • Adelita | Francisco Tarrega
  • Capricho Arabe | Tarrega
  • Lagrima | Tarrega
  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra | Tarrega
  • Malaguena | Traditional
  • FLAMENCO GUITAR
  • Impetu (Buleria) | Mario Escudero
  • Refeljo de Luna | Paco de Lucia
  • Guajiras de Lucia | Lucia
  • Bario la Vina | Lucia
  • Herencia Latina | Paco Pena
  • Punta y Tacon | Sabicas
  • Mantilla de Feria | Esteban Sanlucar
  • Malaguena | Traditional Spanish
  • Various Solea Falsetas | Traditional Flamenco Dance Form
  • CLASSICAL GUITAR
  • Day by Day | Oscar Ahnfelt
  • La Catedral | Augustine Barrios
  • Una Limosna Por El Amor de Dios | Barrios
  • Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007 | J.S Bach
  • Lute Suite No. 1, BWV 996 | Bach
  • Prelude, BWV 999 | Bach
  • Habanera | George Bizet
  • Mysterious Habitats | Dusan Bogdanovich
  • Cancion de Cuna | Leo Brouwer
  • Un Dia de Noviembre | Brouwer
  • Koyunbaba | Carlo Domeniconi
  • Appalachian Dreams | John Duarte
  • Tango en Skai | Roland Dyens
  • Sarabande | George Frederich Handel
  • Air | Ian Krouse
  • Valse Venezolano Nos. 2 & 3 | Antonio Lauro
  • Farewell to Stromness | Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Evocacion | Jose Luis Merlin
  • Catedral de Los Pajaros | Merlin
  • Hungarian Fantasy | Johann Kaspar Mertz
  • Sounds of Bells | Joao Pernambuco
  • Se Ela Perguntar | Dilermando Reis
  • Greensleeves | Traditional English
  • Wild Mountain Thyme | Traditional Scottish
  • Solo Works | Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • El Choclo | Angel Villoldo
  • Concerto in D, RV 93 | Antonio Vivaldi
  • In Sorrow's Wake | Andrew York
  • Sunburst | York
  • Sunday Morning Overcast | York
  • Waiting for Dawn | Andrew York
  • GUITAR AND FLUTE
  • Bourree | Bach
  • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring | Bach
  • Sleepers Wake | Bach
  • Barbara Allen | Robert Beaser
  • Entr'acte from Carmen | George Bizet
  • Habanera from Carmen | Bizet
  • Siete Canciones Populares | Manuel de Falla
  • Pavane, Op. 50 | Gabriel Faure
  • Sicilienne | Faure
  • My Sky at Twilight | Peter Maunu
  • Various Brazilian Choro Selections | Pixinguinha
  • Gymnopedie I | Erik Satie
  • Recuerdos de la Alhambra | Francisco Tarrega
  • Scarborough Fair | Traditional English
  • Cancion de Cuna | Traditional Cuban
  • JEWISH SONGS
  • Hanukkah Blessings | Hanukkah Song
  • I have a Little Dreidel | Hanukkah Song
  • O Hanukkah, O Haukkah | Hanukkah Song
  • Sevivon, Sov, So, Sov | Hanukkah Song
  • Sunrise, Sunset | Jerry Boch/Sheldon Harnick
  • Jerusalem of Gold | Jewish Traditional
  • Erev She Shoshanim | Jewish Traditional
  • Dodi Li | Jewish Traditional
  • Al Kol Ele | Jewish Traditional
  • Hatikvah | Jewish Traditional
  • M'heiro | Yaakov Shwekey
  • CHRISTMAS MUSIC
  • Come All Ye Faithful
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy | Tchaikovsky
  • Deck the Halls
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
  • Joy to the World
  • Silent Night
  • The First Noel
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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Date Selected: 11/29/2021

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Upcoming Events

February 26, 2022 • Community Event
Sat7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Punta Gorda, FL
April 30, 2022 • Wedding
Sat6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Tampa, FL

Past Events

May 8, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tampa, FL
May 1, 2021 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Tampa, FL
February 27, 2021 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Tampa, FL
February 13, 2021 • Wedding
Sat5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Brooksville, FL
November 20, 2020 • Corporate Function
Fri5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Clearwater, FL
October 26, 2019 • Wedding Cocktail Hour
Sat5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Tampa, FL
October 18, 2019 • Rehearsal Dinner
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Saint Petersburg, FL
August 30, 2019 • Tampa, FL
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Tampa, FL
August 23, 2019 • Tampa, FL
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Tampa, FL
August 16, 2019 • Tampa, FL
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Tampa, FL
August 9, 2019 • Tampa, FL
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Tampa, FL
August 2, 2019 • Tampa, FL
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Tampa, FL

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