Aldo Rafael Forte - LONG BIO

Aldo Rafael Forte is a renowned composer with many published and recorded original compositions to his credit. He has written works ranging from chamber pieces to major compositions for wind band and orchestra as well as several concertos. Now completely retired from composition, Forte had a distinguished 26 year career as Composer/Arranger in the United States Air Force with assignments at Air University Band at Maxwell AFB, AL, USAFE Band at Einsiedlerhof AB, Germany, and the Heritage of America Band at Langley AFB, VA. In addition, he had a successful career as a freelance composer, clinician, and conductor of his music as well as Adjunct Professorships in music composition and/or music courses at Auburn University at Montgomery and Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. He is no longer accepting commissions.

Among the ensembles that have performed his music are “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, Militar Musik der Voralberg (Austria), National Dutch Youth Wind Band, the Wind Ensemble of the Queensland Conservatorium in South Bank, Queensland, Australia, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu  Orchestra of the Czech Republic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacan, Mexico, and  numerous university bands including University of North Texas, Arizona State University, University of Puget Sound, Kansas State University as well as many All - State bands and municipal bands such as the Piedmont Wind Symphony and the Tacoma Concert Band.  His works appear on over 35 CDs including many military band recordings as well as on such labels as Klavier, Summit, Polyphonic (UK), and Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin (Germany).Ensembles which have recorded his works include The Southwest German Radio Orchestra, University of Georgia Wind Symphony, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble, Air National Guard Band of the Southwest , USAF Heritage of America Band, Her Majesty’s The Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards (UK), and the Aulos Wind Ensenble of Lucerne, Switzerland, to name but a few. Forte has many published works appearing in the catalogs of 9 publishers which include Kjos, TRN, C. Alan Publications, Masters Music Publications, Tuba-Euphonium Press and Studio Music Co. of the UK. 

 Forte was born in Cuba and came to the U.S. at the age of nine. He was introduced to music early on by his father, a professor of mathematics and amateur classical guitarist and guitar maker. Forte credits the encouragement of both of his parents, Dr. Aldo Forte and Maria Forte, with his active pursuit of music. Forte has studied composition with Ross Lee Finney, William Presser, and Robert Jager. He holds music degrees from Tennessee Technological University and the University of Southern Mississippi and has done post graduate work in composition at the University of Alabama.

 During his 26 year career as a professional composer/arranger in the United States Air Force Bands and Music Program, Forte composed many original works for concert band which appear on numerous CDs and wrote special arrangements for guest artists including Broadway singers Sandra Joseph, Karen Mason, and Michael Maguire, vocalist Dionne Warwick, and tuba soloist Patrick Sheridan.

He has been a highly commissioned composer. Forte has given numerous composition master classes including at the London College of Music and Media (UK), Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall, UK), Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, The Netherlands, and at many universities. He also frequently appeared as a guest composer/conductor and has conducted the National Dutch Youth Wind Band (all Forte concert), Mississippi State University Band Clinic Honor Band, Troy University Symphony Band (SEUS Band Clinic, and the Tacoma Concert Band, plus several others. Forte has twice been awarded  First Place in the National Federation of Music Clubs American Music in the U.S Armed Forces Composition Competition and he is listed in "The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music". Forte was also active as a music adjudicator.



Aldo Rafael Forte, Composer  - NEWS          

December 11, 2019 - The John F. Kennedy High School Wind Symphony, Wally Avellaneda, Director, will perform my "Danzas Brillantes" in Long Island, NY. Very much looking forward to this fantastic ensemble's performance of my music

At work on a percussion concerto for Wang Yuyan   


August 2019 – Just completed “Waves for Viola Solo”,  written  for and dedicated to Zsuzsanna Emodi,  Violist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, VA. Stay tuned for premiere performances of the piece by Ms. Emodi.


July 2019 - My "Dance Rhapsody for Tuba" is now available in 3 EDITIONS: with Piano Reduction, With Concert Band, and with Orchestra. Check them out on the TUBA EUPHONIUM CORNER page of this site!


"Concierto Sinfonico para Metales" - brass quintet concerto No. 2 - received its world premniere on 25 August 2018 in Cairns, Australia by the Best of Brass Quintet  and the Cairns Brass Band, Owen Clarke, conducting. There are four editions of the work:  for brass quintet alone, BQ and brass band, BQ and concert band, BQ and symphony orchestra. the Best of Brass is currently planning a U.S. tour in 2019 for the U.S. premiere performances of my concerto.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HOSTING THE QUINTET AT YOUR INSTITUTION PLEASE CONTACT ME ON MY CONTACT INFO PAGE:

        listen to highlights of the world premiere           concert program of the world premiere


Composer in Residence at the 2018 Cairns Brass Winter Camp - 25 and 26 August, 2018 Forte gave composition master classes , rehearsed and conducted young brass players in several compositions written specially for the event.

          brass camp flyer                     video of Divertimento for Brass Ensemble                          video of Darling Harbor Fest


21 October 2018  -  "DALI" -performed in Trento Italia by Banda Sinfonica Giovanile Trentina, Jose Alcacer Dura, Conductor



24 October, 2018 - Cookeville, TN,  The renowned Tennessee Tech University Tuba Euphonium Ensemble led by its founder and director R. Winston Morris hosted Forte in an evening of his tuba - euphonium ensemble works as part of their annual  Octubafest       listen to the entire concert     


16 November 2018 - Cookeville, TN, Tennessee Tech Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, R. Winston Morris, Director performed "Dynamo" and "Seguidillas" for the annual Instrumental Music Symposium at Tech.


4 December 2018 - Gallatin, TN, TTU Tuba Euph Ensemble, R. Winston Morris, Director will perform Seguidillas at their Christmas Concert.