Available to perform for weddings, The Forte Band is a musical group based in the Northfield and Chicago area of Illinois. Bandleader Chris Forte has played hundreds of weddings since 2000, and ensures the band are always current with their repertoire. Their goal is to keep the dance floor packed while meeting all a couple’s musical requests. With a large range of musical styles, they strive to play each song authentically, aiming for a professional sound.
Depending on what a couple needs for their event, the band ranges in size from seven to 16 pieces. They can highlight a horn section, add strings to the band, or work with a DJ. Chris personally meets with every client, discussing new songs, MC responsibilities, and any special dances the couple would like to perform. The Forte Band can provide music for the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, rehearsal dinner, or during breaks. The band holds liability insurance, and is willing to travel for events, supplying their own lighting, microphones, and sound/PA system. For wedding ceremonies, they can supply instruments such as string quartet, piano, acoustic guitar, flute, choral ensembles, horn ensembles, or harp. Their musical styles include the following:
Recommended by 99% of couples
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Sarah · Married on 04/07/2018
Chris was FANTASTIC to work with throughout the entire process and I have nothing but good things to say about him and his band. He provided us with a 17 page list of songs to choose from and then added some we wanted them to learn. When we met with him in person, he was very organized and had an entire set list to review with us based on our selections and also provided great direction. He was also very helpful with navigating some of the decisions including timing of things, e.g. first dance, cake cutting, speeches, etc. The thing we hear most after our wedding is how amazing and fun the band was! Several friends have asked for his information for their own weddings. We are so happy we went with The Forte Band!
Michelle Miller · Married on 10/28/2018
Nothing but compliments
Chris and The Forte Band crushed it at our wedding. My now-husband and I knew we wanted to book them for our wedding before we even got engaged -- though we never would have envisioned it to turn out as magically as it did. Having them do our wedding was the best decision we made, and working with Chris was easily the most enjoyable part of the entire wedding planning process. He made it so easy and stress-free. Going to their studio and making our custom playlist was an experience and memory we will treasure forever. After the wedding, we received an abundance of compliments about their stellar performance, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if they play at our friends' future weddings. Their talent far exceeds anything we truly know, and they are so gifted at what they do. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Fiona · Married on 08/12/2018
We loved working with The Forte Band! From the beginning and all throughout the process Chris was extremely accommodating and easy to work with. On our wedding day itself, the entire band was amazing and we've since received multiple comments from our guests raving about "our AMAZING band"! Thank you for an incredible day!