Forest is an individual with musical experience in a variety of professional contexts. Performance experience includes symphony work, extensive freelance work on both horn and bass, and as long-term bassist and musical director for Ida McBeth & Friends, a popular and noteworthy jazz and blues group in Kansas City. Forest has performed in New York, Las Vegas, Denver, the Twin Cities, and at festivals in Chicago, Des Moines, Los Angeles, Omaha, Wichita, Montreux, Geneva, and Den Hag, Holland.
Artists with whom Forest has performed include Nick Brignola, Steve Cardenas, Richie Cole, Jerry Coker, Gary Dial, The Fifth Dimension, John Fedchock, Bruce Forman, Mike Freeman, Bill Goodwin, Steve Houghton, Arnie Lawrence, David Liebman, Charles “Chip” McNeill, Jim McNeely, Roy Meriwether, The Moody Blues, Dick Oatts, Kim Park, Jack Peterson, Jim Piu, Joe Porcaro, Emil Richards, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stam, Jerry Steinholtz, Clark Terry, Dan Thomas, Phil Upchurch, Jiggs Wiggums and the Paul Winter Consort.
Appearances on horn have included performances with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, as well as being contracted to play third horn with the Rochester (MN) Orchestra & Chorale and fourth horn with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Forest currently performs with the Lees Summit Symphony Orchestra & The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City. As bassist Forest worked extensively with Orquesta Alto Maiz and is a founding member of the jazz quartet Voyage. Forest is known as a skilled brass and woodwind technician for local artists in the Kansas City area, and is experienced as both a high school teacher and as a clinician and adjudicator.