Publicity and Booking

Thank you for your interest in the Forté Handbell Quartet! On this page you can find information about hosting a Forté concert, as well as group biographies of various lengths to fit your publicity needs. You can also click here to go to our Publicity folder on Dropbox, which contains our Publicity Packet, our logo, and a high-resolution group photo.

If you are interested in hosting a concert, here are some pertinent details to help with your decision:

  • Space needs: Forté’s current concert setup uses 22 feet of table space in a single straight line, with space for us to move behind and around the table. This amounts to a rectangular footprint of at least 25′ wide x 10′ deep for most of our concerts. Let us know of any space concerns when you contact us about potentially hosting a concert and we may be able to work out a reduced footprint concert by carefully selecting pieces that would fit in a 19-foot table width, or even a 16-foot table width (though each of these reduced footprint options would require us to program a custom concert, so they are not preferred, especially for touring concerts). In addition to the main footprint, we typically need space to set up handbell trees and other auxiliary instruments, which sometimes includes a drum kit or other large equipment (again negotiable, if your space doesn’t allow for it).
     
  • Equipment needs: While we can provide our own tables, we prefer to borrow two 8′ x 30″ tables, and possibly two 3′ x 30″ tables, from our host venue to lessen the amount of equipment we need to haul to the venue. (Because of the way our covers work, we need two 8′ and two 3′ tables total; 6′ tables don’t work.) We supply our own foam and other equipment.

    Note: If your venue’s acoustics make it difficult to hear speaking, providing a microphone for announcements in between pieces will be at your discretion. We are comfortable either way.

  • Financial matters: We usually don’t charge audience members for tickets to our concerts, but rather take a free-will offering to defray travel expenses (when touring) and fund the group’s needs for equipment maintenance, audio and video recording, etc. If you would prefer to pay us a set fee instead of taking a free-will offering, just let us know and we can come to an agreement on a fee.

    During the concert we also generally speak about the monthly support options that we offer for supporting the groups mission/goals (completely voluntary), so please let us know if this is a concern for your venue so that we can modify our talking points.

    Finally, we have merchandise (CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, and water bottles, currently) that we would like to sell after the concert. (For tour concerts: if you have a volunteer that would be willing to staff the merchandise table so that audience members can make purchases during intermission as well, that would be even better!)

  • What to expect: We are a Christian group (see more about who we are here) but we don’t play all Christian music. We perform a wide variety of styles, including but not limited to Celtic, techno, pop-country, classical, contemporary Christian, and new age. Our concerts are generally around 1.5 hours with an intermission.
     
  • Day of the concert: Most of our concerts are scheduled for 7:00 pm (except Sundays, which are generally 3:00 pm), and we need to get into the concert space to set up and warm up at least two hours prior to the performance. Concert times are negotiable depending on your needs, but having access to the performance space two hours before the performance is less negotiable. (The amount of time it takes to set up for a full concert comprises a significant portion of the two hours.)

    For tour concerts (not applicable to concerts in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area): We ask that our hosts arrange for home-stays for the four of us for the night of the concert. In the past, this has ranged from one house with multiple guest rooms/beds to three separate houses where 1-2 of us went with each family for the night. We appreciate the hospitality and love having the chance to speak with our hosts about the group, music, and life in general!

Contact us if you have a question that isn’t addressed above, or to book Forté for a performance!

Group Biographies

Short (37 words):

Based in Colorado Springs, Forté is an advanced quartet marked by artistry, energy, and dedication to their craft. In pursuit of musical excellence, Forté strives to explore, innovate, inspire, and glorify God through the gift of music.

Medium (96 words):

Based in Colorado Springs, Forté is an advanced quartet marked by artistry, energy, and dedication to their craft. Formed in 2007, Forté has emerged as a unique performance and educational quartet, quickly developing an elite reputation within the handbell world. Today, members Luke Nabeta, Megan Reishus, Dillon Ekle, and Tory Marting continually challenge themselves to “Rethink Possible,” expanding their musical and performance horizons, adding original compositions and arrangements to their already-challenging repertoire, and seeking out new performance venues and educational opportunities as they strive to explore, innovate, inspire, and glorify God through the gift of music.

Long (228 words):

Based in Colorado Springs, Forté is an advanced quartet marked by artistry, energy, and dedication to their craft. In pursuit of musical excellence, Forté strives to explore, innovate, inspire, and glorify God through the gift of music.

Formed in 2007, Forté began as an extended outlet for advanced ringers in Colorado Springs and immediately began to be featured in several concerts and tours with the Pikes Peak Ringers. But with an ever-expanding repertoire and the enhanced scheduling flexibility that only a small ensemble can provide, Forté soon emerged as a unique performance and educational quartet, quickly developing an elite reputation within the handbell world. The musicians of Forté continually challenge themselves to “Rethink Possible,” expanding their musical and performance horizons, adding original compositions and arrangements to their already-challenging repertoire, and seeking out new performance venues and educational opportunities. After a period of several personnel changes, Forté has had an increasingly active schedule of concerts and recording CDs and music videos since 2015, were featured performers at the Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar 2016, presented a successful national tour, and are planning several more in the coming years. In 2017 the group has been celebrating its tenth year and is looking forward to many more!

Stay tuned to Forté’s website and Facebook page for announcements of what’s next! For more information about Forté and its members, visit www.fortehandbells.org

If you need additional information or publicity materials, please contact us or send an email to info@fortehandbells.org and we’d be happy to help you!

Left to Right: Tory Marting, Dillon Ekle, Megan Reishus, and Luke Nabeta

Left to Right: Tory Marting, Dillon Ekle, Megan Reishus, and Luke Nabeta