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From the rigor of the rehearsal room, to the bright lights of the stage: this is Forte. Enjoy the inspiring stories and experience the thrill as Michigan high school musicians strive for excellence. Hosted by WKAR's Peter Whorf.

Forte is supported in part by Worthington Family Foundation, Marshall Music, MSU Federal Credit Union, and Jackson Community Foundation.

Group portrait on stage
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Forte | April

Mar 11, 2016

Forte will return to WKAR-TV April 2015. Enjoy past episodes of Forte at 

Morrice High School Band | Forte | Ep. 210

Dec 7, 2015

Morrice High School band students attend state festival for the first time, to be showcased with the top bands in Michigan. WATCH NOW

To perform at the Detroit Jazz Fest students must get a one at the MSBOA jazz festival. WATCH NOW

portrait in studio

St. Johns has a tradition of earning ones at festival and this year is no exception. WATCH NOW


Grammy Award-winning Ann Arbor Huron Jazz Band competes at State Jazz Festival. WATCH NOW 


Northwest earned a division one at district now they are on their way to State Festival. WATCH IT NOW


Jackson jazz students have limited rehearsal time, so nerves run high at state festival. WATCH NOW


The orchestra performs a piece at festival without their conductor. WATCH NOW

Manchester High School Band | Forte Ep. 203

Oct 15, 2015

Students earned a division two at last year's festival. This year they hope for a one. WATCH NOW


The top East Lansing band students join orchestra students to perform at festival. WATCH NOW

Grand Ledge Wind Ensemble | Forte | Ep. 201

Sep 25, 2015
Coronet section of band
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

A new teacher in a school with a rich band history feels pressure to succeed at festival. WATCH NOW

Group photo on TV production set

Charlotte High School Symphony Band student musicians strive to maintain a ninety-year legacy of excellence in this mid-Michigan community where band is bigger than football is in Texas.

Owosso High School Symphony Band on Forte

Jul 22, 2015
Band in Performance Studio

Student musicians led by retiring director Carl Knipe compete at State Festival featuring the best of the best. 

Group photo on TV production set

Director Chad Parmenter makes a bold move, selecting pieces for performance at state festival competition that call for solos on flute, saxophone, french horn and percussion.