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The core members - What makes the band stand out!

Lefteris Bournias

Band Leader - Clarinet


Lefteris Bournias is the founder and leader of Apollo Orchestras, serving the Greek-American community with high-quality traditional and modern Greek music, as well as American music, for 25 years. Early in his career, he attended the Aaron Copeland School of Music, earning a B.A. in Performance and M.S. in Music Education. As a diverse musician, Lefteris' style combines traditional Greek, Gypsy, Classical and elements of Jazz.

In addition to his work with Apollo Orchestras, Lefteri performs at a variety of musical events and venues throughout the U.S., Greece and the rest of the world, and is known internationally as one of the top clarinetists in his field. He specializes in the duple Syrto and the Tsifteteli, both music styles of the Greek island Chios, and tours annually throughout the island. Lefteri also performs traditional Greek demotika (including tsamika and ipirotika) and is the founder and leader of the Kavala Brass Band, which plays traditional Greek music from the regions of Florina and Edessa (Western Macedonia).

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Kostas Fotiadis

Bouzouki - Vocals

A superb vocalist (one of the best singers I have ever heard) trained in many diverse styles of Greek traditional and Modern Greek music. He is also the bands bouzouki player.

Kostas has been with me since the inception of Apollo and is a loyal friend and colleague. Thanks for the beautiful times and looking forward to many more.

Thomas Vrettos


Thomas was born and reaised in Giannena, Greece. His father was from Giannena and his mother from Asia Minor.

He performed for the first time at the age of 12 with his family band. During highshool he met big success singing professionally in nightclubs. He produced 2 CD's Kati Feggaria and Dedomena. He came to US on 1997 and worked at the best Greek venues including Siroko, Estia, Molfetas, Zodiak, Mythos. He now resides permanently with his family in NY.

Rena Tsapelas


Rena was born and raised in New York City and is the third generation of a well-known and admired Greek musical family.

For the past 10 years, she has performed at a variety of Greek events and venues, including weddings, baptisms, concerts and nightclubs. Her musical versatility allows her to sing a variety of styles within the Greek repertoire (ranging from traditional nisiotika and rembetika, to laika and modern Greek), as well as contemporary American music. Rena has performed with several of the top names in Greek music, including Pitsa Papadopoulou, Eleni Dimou, Dimitris Basis and Manolis Mitsias.

Optional Artists

Anthi Aggelou

Guest Singer

Anthi is a fresh new face in the Greek American circuit. An all around musician, she has been studying piano since the age of 6 and has a BA in modern voice and classical piano from Adelphi University.

Her voice is warm with a great projection captivating audiences in some of New Yorks finest Greek American venues such as Platos, Pearl, Ammos etc.

She has joined Apollo for about 4 year now, bringing her wonderful stage theatrics and vast repertoire of Greek and American standards to the private venues.

Nikos Koutras

Guest Singer

Nikos is the band's guest lead singer. He is probably one of the best singers Greece has to offer. He has moved here recently from Greece were he was performing along with a many popular Greek singers (Karras V, Melas Z, Stanisi K, Valantis, Samprina, Kourkoulis N, Dionysiou Stratos, Floriniotis G, Konstantina, Antypas, Vanou Tzeni) were he picked up his versatile style.

He also studied Vizantini and Dimotiki music and is unsurpassed in his style of Laika, Modern Greek, Dimotika(kalamatiana, tsamika, ipirotika, syrta) and nisiotika. (To be more satisfied, just hear the audio samples!!!).

Christos Tiktapanidis

Pontian Lyra

Christos is one of the best players of Pontian Lyra in United States. He respects the tradition and commands a vast repertoire of pontian songs.

Christos Alexandrou

Guest Singer

Born in Germany and raised in Athens Greece.
A Singer, Actor, Producer and Artistic Director of Ethos Performing Arts. Received a BA in Music (and also the "Special Award of Artistic Achievement", Deree College – Greece), attended an Advanced Course in Musical Theatre (Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – London, UK).

At the same time studied singing with Nina Kaloutsa, Karen Solomon, Despoina Katsari. Modern Dancing and Latin with Charis Antachopoulou, Maria Nomikou, Paul Spicer, Jazz and Tap with Cindi Trent. Participated in a Musical Theatre Masterclass with the «American Voices».