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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鈥檚 musical requests. With a large range of musical styles, they strive to play each song authentically, aiming for a professional sound.

Services Offered

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:

  • Blues
  • Classical
  • Country
  • Dance
  • Funk
  • Hip-hop
  • Jazz
  • Motown
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • Soul
  • Rock
  • Top 40

Frequently Asked Questions

Which of the following are included in the price?

Learning New Songs
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sound/PA System

What is the price of your popular wedding package?


Which of the following are included in the package?

Ceremony Music
Learning New Songs
Music During Breaks
Reception Music
Sound/PA System

Are you an agency or a band?


How many musicians are in your band(s)?


What genres of music does (do) your band(s) play?

Hip Hop
R&B / Soul

What music services do you provide?

Ceremony Music
Cocktail Hour Music
Learning New Songs
Reception Music
Music During Breaks
Rehearsal Dinner Music
Liability Insurance
Willing to Travel

What items are available?

Sound/PA System
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Josh K. Married on 05/26/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Best Night of Our Lives

We had our wedding back in May, so this is long overdue, but we have not forgotten the incredible night Chris and his band gave us. Even before the big day Chris was so kind and accommodating and answered every question we had and gave us all the options to make an informed decision. He was also the most reasonable in terms of pricing out of all the people we met with and looked into. It was clear from the beginning that he was truly invested in making our special day as enjoyable and memorable as possible. And boy did he deliver! The band was AMAZING! I don鈥檛 think there was a single guest that didn鈥檛 comment on how great they were. They played all the classics that we requested and Chris and his musicians nailed every single one of them. He did such a great job of getting people on the dance floor and managing the whole evening. You honestly would be making the best decision to choose The Forte Band for you wedding or special event. I promise you won鈥檛 be disappointed.
Michelle M. Married on 10/28/2018
5 out of 5 rating

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
5 out of 5 rating
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!
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