Why hire Forté?
Forté formed in the summer of 2002 at a chorus rehearsal of the Southern Gateway Chorus. Forté is the current 3rd place quartet of the Johnny Appleseed District of The Barbershop Harmony Society. We are all current members of the Southern Gateway Chorus.
We have sung at City Festivals, Birthday Parties, Banquets, Corporate events, Weddings, along with many other events. We were also VIP entertainment at King's Island (2010), where we strolled through the park and sang to/for park patrons.
We would love to sing for your next show or outing.
We have also done several Barbershop Harmony Society Chapter shows in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. We have come from last place in the JAD District to as high as 3rd place in 2012.
Fort was also elected by The Southern Gateway Chorus as Barbershoppers of the Month for Feb 2009.
Jim Koch is our tenor, he is the experienced member of the quartet having sung in numerous quartets such as Our Gang, Brand New Gang, and most recently When Hector was a Pup. Jim has been a member of Southern Gateway since 1965 and when not singing he is now semi retired from his own antique furniture restoration/refinishing business. Jim is a Past President of Southern Gateway. Jim is married to his lovely wife Fran and they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Born in 1944, you do the math!
Ernie Blevins is our lead singer. Ernie attended Eastern Kentucky University as a music education major with an emphasis in voice and piano. Ernie has been a member of Southern Gateway since 1998. In college, Ernie gained a wide variety of vocal experience including lead vocalist in a rock band and singing Lead in his college quartet, The Dixieland Four. Ernie is a Customer Service Rep for Convergys working on the Procter and Gamble inbound team.
Todd Farrow is our baritone. Todd has been singing barbershop since the fall of 2000 with the Southern Gateway Chorus and was previously with the Dayton Metro Chorus. Todd has served on the Board of Directors for both choruses and was named Barbershopper of the year in 2002 by the Dayton Metro Chapter. In his spare time (HA!), Todd works for Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. He is contracted out to MeadWestvaco and takes care of the Identity Management solution for MWV. Todd is married to a VERY understanding wife, Cindy and they have four children, Amanda, Mary, Gabrielle and Jon.
Terry Healey is our bass singer. Terry has been a member of Southern Gateway since 1979. He has held several positions such as President and Presentation Coach for the chorus. Terry also coaches several quartets and choruses in Sweet Adeline International, such as Cincinnati Sound Chorus. Terry is a Laboratory Technician for The Urology Group in Cincinnati.
Ernie Blevins: Lead
Randy Goss: Tenor
Todd Farrow: Baritone
Terry Healey: Bass
What to Expect
sometimes we may need a sound system depending on the size of the room
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Birthday Party, Christmas Party, Concert Venue, Corporate Event, Grand Opening, Holiday Party, Hotel, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Restaurant, Reunion, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Cocktail Hour, Wedding Reception
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