Meet the team

 

DAVID LESTER

David Lester has been studying music for over a decade and has a Bachelor's Degree in Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music. He has a large amount of experience performing live in numerous band settings, and has worked with NZ industry greats such as Barnaby Weir of "The Black Seeds", Thomas Oliver and Bela Kalolo. 

David has explored and performed many styles of music over his musical journey, including but not limited to: Blues, Jazz, RnB/Soul, Metal, Pop, Reggae and many others. David is an experienced tutor and keeps his students needs and end goals highly relevant to their lessons. He specialises in guitar, but also has a great deal of experience in music production, recording and arranging. Due to the wide variety of musical avenues and styles he has explored, David is able to develop a strong connection with whoever he works with. Whether they are student or established artist - David will be able to guide them in a direction that allows them to reach their goals. 


Matt Fitzpatrick

Guitarist Matt Fitzpatrick has been performing around Wellington since 2008, and is currently completing his Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) at Whitireia. Having played with various originals and covers bands (Julie Lamb Band, Mocha Choco Latte, The Groove, Special Sauce), and having performed and recorded with some of Wellingtons top musicians (Thomas Oliver, Lisa Tomlins, Julie Lamb) he has developed a diverse skillset across many genres. Matt is a highly experienced and enthusiastic tutor, ready to take your knowledge and practical skills to new heights.


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Having graduated from Whitireia with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music) in 2013, Callum has been playing in many Wellington bands, performing funk, rock, jazz, blues, and pop around New Zealand. Callum has been involved with The Julie Lamb Band since 2012, and reached no. 10 in the New Zealand album charts in 2015, continuing to get airplay through Europe and the USA. Callum has been teaching guitar and bass in the Wellington region for the last 4 years.


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JORDAN ROSS

When he’s not teaching drums or guitar, Jordan spends his time drumming in one of New Zealand’s premier heavy metal bands, Of Blackest Oceans. Jordan graduated from Whitireia with a Degree in Applied Arts (Music) in 2016, and is now working on his solo EP, consisting of self-composed and recorded/produced music. Jordan’s experience and range of knowledge as a teacher makes him an asset to the Apollo Music team, and a highly effective, humble teacher. Jordan specialises in teaching drums and guitar.


Chris Armour

Chris is one of the most in-demand musicians in Wellington, teaching by day and performing by night. Having learnt from two of NZ’s best, Leigh Jackson and Darren Watson, Chris has put his blues, country, rock’n’roll and funk skills to great use with many Wellington artists including Vincent Vega Trio, Chris Armour Quartet, Wayne Mason, and Dave Murphy to name a few. Chris has been performing and teaching professionally since 2010, and is currently in the final stages of recording his own album. He brings a practical, applied approach to teaching and playing, that focuses on the goals of the student first and foremost.


JAKE STOKES

In between being the music production tutor and manager of Apollo Music, Jake works as a music producer internationally. Jake has worked recorded/produced bands extensively throughout New Zealand and Australia, and is currently working in the UK, giving one-off skype lessons to those looking for advanced tuition. Jake discovered his love for teaching in 2007 and has taught continuously since, forming Apollo Music in 2013, teaching guitar, bass, and music production. In his teaching, Jake is interested in developing the musicianship of his students, in addition to teaching the mechanics of how to play the guitar. This is reflected in the syllabus and materials Jake has created over time, which all Apollo Music teachers now draw on to help tailor their lessons. Jake is also an in-demand music producer in New Zealand and Australia, combining his skills as a teacher and musician to bring out the best in the artists he works with.