Marco Soccoli joins the SONOR Artist Relations Team


KHS America is pleased to announce that effective Monday, June 20th, Marco Soccoli will assume a freelance role as Artist Relations Representative.

Marco Soccoli is an artist relations veteran and favorite personality within the drumming industry and a great friend to all the artists.  Having graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in marketing and a minor in music, Marco got his start in the industry working retail on the famed 48th Street in Manhattan, first at Terminal Music, then as Manager of the Sam Ash Drum Department, then as Manager of the drum department at Manny’s.  While at Sam Ash and Manny’s, Marco became a trusted ally and reliable supplier of gear and backline services for artists living in or touring through the New York City area.

It was during this time that Marco had the opportunity to meet Joe Hibbs, who was already established as one of the most respected Artist Relations representatives in the industry.  Marco learned the ropes of Artist Relations from Joe by first understanding the importance of deep and honest relationships between the artists and company.

It was Marco’s relationships with and support of artists while at Sam Ash and Manny’s that ultimately led him to become the Director of Artist Relations for Vic Firth for the next 13 years, where he signed an untold number of legendary drummers and helped to create their signature sticks.

In 2010, Marco joined D’Addario & Company to build the artist rosters for Evans Drumheads and Pro-Mark Drumsticks, brands he continues to represent as part of his newly-formed Artist Relations consulting company, MarcoAR LLC. 

“The loss of Joe Hibbs is a hole that can’t be filled, but if there is ONE person that understands the importance of genuine and heartfelt relationships with artists as well as Joe did…it’s Marco,” states Mike Robinson, VP of Marketing for KHS America.  “Marco is now inheriting the role that his mentor left when Joe passed away earlier this year.  We’re thrilled to have Marco on the team and look forward to the positive impact he’ll have.”