A sea of bells! This was after we cleaned off the bells we used in one of our rehearsals.

Forté rehearses and performs with the following equipment:

  • Handbells
    • 3 octaves Schulmerich handbells
    • 3 octaves Schulmerich handbells (owned by member Luke Nabeta)
    • 3 1/2 octaves Schulmerich handbells (G4-D8; owned by member Megan Reishus)
    • 5 octaves Schulmerich handbells (borrowed from the Pikes Peak Ringers)
    • F2 Schulmerich handbell (borrowed from First Lutheran Church of Colorado Springs)
    • For some events and pieces, Forté also borrows up to 5 octaves Schulmerich handbells from First Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and up to 3 octaves Schulmerich handbells from Holy Trinity Anglican Church
  • Handchimes
    • 3 octaves Schulmerich Melody Chimes (owned by member Luke Nabeta)
    • 3 octaves Malmark ChoirChimes (owned by member Dillon Ekle)
    • 5 octaves Malmark ChoirChimes (owned by member Megan Reishus)
  • Mallets by TruTimbre, Malmark, and Schulmerich (primarily owned by Forté members)
  • Up to 4 Stands for Bell Trees (3 bell tree stands by Peery, 1 light stand by Eliminator) (owned by Forté members or borrowed from First Lutheran Church)
  • Several racks to hold handchimes for bowing and malleting (custom-built by member Luke Nabeta)
  • Other percussion including a djembe, cajón, and drum kit (owned by Forté members and family members)

Forté with (most of) our 2016 Rethink Possible equipment.

Out of all this equipment, Forté itself owns three octaves of bells, the custom chime racks, two violin bows, and about 3 mallets. The rest is borrowed from Forté’s members and our friends in the local handbell community.

Our long term goal is to purchase five octaves of Schulmerich handbells that the group will own, to be supplemented by our ringers’ personal equipment in cases where we require duplicates and triplicates for rehearsal and performance. This will provide greater autonomy to rehearse, perform, and tour without needing to coordinate with the owners of the equipment that we borrow.

Our first, most immediate goal is to purchase the lower fourth and fifth octaves of bells (also known as the “threes,” C3-B3). These are the bass bells, and they are the only bells that are not owned by any of the members of Forté (along with the F2, the large bell used in “O Come, O Come Emmanuel“). Eventually, we would like Forté itself to own a full five octaves of bells and chimes, which would guarantee that Forté would always have access to at least one full set for tours and concerts, using other equipment owned by members for duplicates, triplicates, and so on.

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