Ben Pila

Acoustic Guitar from Tampa, FL - Will travel up to 125 miles
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$250 - $5000 per event
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About
Pila is a Juilliard-trained guitarist who's performed at events for 3 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.

Pila is the only classical guitarist ever named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He's a semi-regular performer at the 9/11 Memorial Museum where shared the stage with such notables as James Taylor, Paul Simon, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma. Pila's debut CD, Commemoration, is a tribute to the survivors and victims of 9/11.

Ben's playing has been featured on NBC's Today Show and NPR's From the Top. He was awarded ASCAP's Best Performance of a Contemporary Work, and is a Grand Prize winner of the Pacific Guitar Festival, the Tampa Bay Symphony Concerto Competition, and the University of Southern California Guitar Concerto Competition.

Pila received his Master's degree from The Juilliard School, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California. He is currently the Professor of Guitar at Polk State College.
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

Cocktail Party

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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!

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Wedding Ceremony

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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!!!

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Wedding Ceremony

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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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Grand Opening

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Ben was an incredible musician. I was so pleased to have him play at our grand opening event . Every guest said he was such an amazing touch to the party. He’s the best guitarist I’ve ever heard let alone hired . I would hire him for every party .

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Meeting

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Amazing Amazing Amazing his music is unbelievable and he really is a true talent!!

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Family Reunion

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Ben is an outstanding guitarist of the highest quality. Communication with him was easy with very rapid responses. He was very accommodating to our requests. If I have another gathering of friends or family I would try to work around his schedule so that I could employ him again.

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Rehearsal Dinner

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Ben’s performance was the live of the reunion. He exceeded all my expectations as well as obtaining amazing reviews from our guests. I highly recommend him for any musical activity

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Celebration

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BEn was AMAZING!!!! Everyone at our Wedding reception commented and the next day I had many inquiries about where I found him. Thank you Ben for making our night so magical <3

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Wedding

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Ben is a phenomenal guitar player, and has a wide repertoire of songs that are sure to meet your event needs. He played multiple sets over 4 hours at our wedding at the Vinoy St. Petersburg on Feb 18th 2018 and we could not be more pleased! The booking and song selection process was easy and smooth. Consummate professional. Highest recommendation!

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Seamless and flawless. He is an amazing performer and was very in tune with our group. Very amenable to additional time and easy to transact with.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2019
Oct
26
Wedding Cocktail Hour
Tampa, FL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2019
Oct
18
Rehearsal Dinner
Saint Petersburg, FL
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Aug
30
Tampa, FL
Tampa, FL
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Aug
23
Tampa, FL
Tampa, FL
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Aug
16
Tampa, FL
Tampa, FL
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Aug
9
Tampa, FL
Tampa, FL
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Aug
2
Tampa, FL
Tampa, FL
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Jul
26
Tampa, FL
Tampa, FL
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2019
Jun
14
Wedding Ceremony
Tampa, FL
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM
2019
Mar
9
Wedding
Saint Petersburg, FL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Mar
8
Wedding Ceremony
Tampa, FL
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Mar
1
Cocktail Party
Tampa, FL
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2019
Jan
22
Community Event
Lake Wales, FL
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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
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
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
Guitar
Acoustic Guitar
One Man Band
Classical Guitar
Flamenco Guitar
Pop Guitar
Top 40 Guitar
Latin Guitar
World Music Guitar
Pop One Man Band
Top 40 One Man Band
Pop Acoustic Guitar
Classical Acoustic Guitar
Top 40 Acoustic Guitar
Latin Acoustic Guitar
Beach Music Acoustic Guitar
Ambient Acoustic Guitar
Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Ben Pila will also travel to Lutz, Mango, Land O Lakes, Odessa, Seffner, Thonotosassa, Brandon, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, Zephyrhills, Dover, Valrico, Clearwater, Gibsonton, New Port Richey, Riverview, Sydney, Saint Petersburg, Dunedin, Holiday, Plant City, Tarpon Springs, Crystal Beach, Apollo Beach, Elfers, Ozona, San Antonio, Durant, Crystal Springs.
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