Composer; Educator: Adults; Educator: Teens; Educator: Youth; Musician; Musician: Electronic; Musician: Percussion; Musician: Wind; Songwriter
Saxophonist Stefan Forbus is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Forbus is a graduate of Tennessee State University where he studied Music. During his matriculation at TSU, Forbus has performed with the Aristocrat of Bands, Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Collegians, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Saxophone Quartet. These opportunities gave him the chance to play a wide variety of music at many venues. Forbus began performing outside of school at his home church, Lee Chapel AME, during his middle school years. There he performed with choirs at church services and concerts. Church members began to hire Forbus to perform for weddings and other social events. This led to many performance opportunities for him around Nashville. After Forbus’s ninth grade year of school, his family moved to Hoover, AL, where he graduated from Hoover High School. There Forbus’s love for music and live performance grew stronger. While at Hoover High School, Forbus was exposed to great music educators who encouraged his aspirations. Forbus performed with the marching band, concert band, symphonic band, as well as Hoover Jam and First Edition Jazz bands. With an abundance of jazz history and resources a few miles away in Birmingham, AL, Forbus had the opportunity to attend weekly jazz workshops at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. There Forbus was able to learn and develop basic jazz styles and techniques from excellent jazz instructors. The AJHoF provided a great environment for jazz education, exploration, and performance. St. Paul AME Church, became another church home where Forbus found a very similar situation to that of Nashville, that influenced him. During the three years there Forbus performed at church services, and continued to be hired for social events. Currently Forbus performs with his own cover band, as well as an R&B group that specializes in music from the sixties, seventies, and eighties called “The Melting Pot”. Some weeknights Forbus can be seen with Andy Doziers blues band “Conductor Kelly and the Underground Railroad” as saxophonist. Forbus can also be seen in performance every Sunday at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, where he plays the saxophone at 10 AM service. Forbus specializes in Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Blues, and Neo-Soul. His greatest influences are Gerald Albright, Charlie Parker, Kirk Whalum, Mike Philips, and John Coltrane. The love for music and drive for success motivate Forbus to continue his journey. As Forbus strives for his own musical personality through his evolving style and technique, listeners are drawn to his sound.