Paul Bangser

Paul Bangser is an active guitarist and guitar teacher who lives in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C., with his wife and two sons. He is the former Director of Guitar Studies at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the D.C. area’s only arts-dedicated high school. Paul has been performing as a guitarist for over 25 years, and has a versatile record of performances in jazz, pop, classical and latin guitar styles. He has led his own jazz quintet on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, performed on solo classical guitar at Strathmore Mansion’s tea room, and has performed on many occasions with D.C.’s exciting latin-jazz fusion group Trio Caliente. Paul’s own groups have also performed at local clubs, outdoor festivals, and other public and private events. Paul has performed as a duo with jazz singers and has also held the guitar chair for professional theater productions including Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Man of La Mancha.

Starting on guitar at the age of 12, Paul moved to studies of jazz guitar and improvisation while in high school. He’s had training over the years from fantastic teachers and mentors, including early on as a member of a college big band led by Herb Pomeroy of the Berklee School of Music. While in college and graduate school in Boston, Paul studied jazz guitar and music theory privately with two Berklee faculty members, and on moving to Washington Paul spent several years studying with national recording artist Paul Bollenback. Paul’s private studies on classical guitar over the years have also allowed him to develop his technique and repertoire in that genre.


It was an absolute pleasure to have Paul play solo guitar for our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception! He was able to accommodate our musical selections for the ceremony as well as offer some classy suggestions. When I walked down the aisle the melody from Paul’s guitar was glorious! For the cocktail reception, he recommended an upbeat musical selection that fulfilled our vision. Paul was talented, charismatic, and definitely added to the ambiance of our perfect wedding day!

Julia & Wayne

We hired Paul for a series of corporate events. We all thought he was fantastic and that he really stood out from other musicians we’ve hired. Paul’s musical talent combined with his professionalism was a winning combination for our events. Guests enjoyed his playing, in fact one was so impressed she has already hired him to play at her wedding next year!

J.C., Public Relations Specialist

Paul – Thank you so much for playing at our event last evening. Your music was the perfect accompaniment to a relaxed and casual celebration. We will definitely keep you in mind for future events and also heartily recommend you to our friends.

P. D., graduation party

Paul – Thank you so much for playing at my wedding ceremony. You and your violin partner were amazing! We will be sure to recommend you to others.

Erin W., married 

Paul – your guitar playing was both elegant and entertaining and your music received lots of compliments from my guests. You were the perfect addition to the evening.

R. F., design firm owner

I am so pleased to recommend Paul Bangser. The guitar music he provided blended pieces we requested with his impressive repertoire and style and created the perfect ambiance for celebrating and socializing. We were delighted and so were our guests.

Sharon K.