Luke Nabeta is the artistic director and energetic leader of Forté and arranges/adapts much of the music Forté performs. He began playing bells in 1996, has been playing with Pikes Peak Ringers since 2005 and has been performing in, teaching and directing various choirs and ensembles ever since. Although handbells are his instrument of choice, he also enjoys singing, playing one of his many other instruments and writing/arranging music. He supports his family as a mail carrier for the USPS, but dreams of being able to go into music full time. In addition to enjoying everything music related, he loves dark chocolate, hiking, martial arts, studying the Bible, photography, and spending time with his wife Serena and their three young children.
Megan Reishus has been ringing handbells since 1996 when she was in fourth grade but truly found her passion for it in college, as a member of the St. Olaf Handbell Choir from Northfield, MN. Since then, she’s immersed herself in bells, from being a featured performer at area and national events to performing as a soloist and as a member of Minneapolis-based Bells of the Lakes. Megan moved to Colorado Springs in 2011 and is now a proud member of the Pikes Peak Ringers and the Forté Handbell Quartet. She works as an Associate in National Learning & Professional Development at RSM US LLP, and is the owner of Sonology Music / STEP, a music publisher. She bakes treats for nearly all rehearsals and has been enjoying tackling the many projects she’s facing as a relatively new homeowner.
Dillon Ekle started ringing handbells in 2013, and after a solid year of ringing in every group he could find, he joined Forté in 2014. Although he has played piano for most of his life, along with French horn, organ, and a few other instruments over the years, he has never felt as at home as he does playing handbells. Dillon also directs the handbell choir at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, subs in other groups as he can, and writes and arranges music for bells. Outside of handbells, Dillon also works as the administrative assistant at Holy Trinity, and he has an underutilized degree in linguistics. He loves the Colorado mountains and is glad to live in a place where God’s glory is so tangibly present.
Tory Marting is the most recent handbell fanatic to join Forté, and marks beginning of the sixth generation of the group. 2008 marked the start of Tory’s ringing career with the formation of the Pikes Peak Youth Ringers, and since then he has been a part of four other bell choirs. He was asked to join Forté in January of 2015, and to this day wonders exactly how he ended up here! Outside of rehearsals, Tory proudly works as an apprentice electrician, and never overlooks an excuse to spend time with a friend. Having played piano (his “solo instrument”) for most of his life, Tory fully believes in the unfailing wonder of music, and is grateful to be humbled daily by the all-expansive power of God’s grace as he watches His sovereign plan unfold.