Sabian Announces New Roles for Artist Relations Team

[![ChristianStankee](/content/images/2015/01/ChristianStankee-300x300.jpg)](/content/images/2015/01/ChristianStankee.jpg)Chris Stankee
Sabian has announced the appointments of Chris Stankee as Global Artist Relations Director and Christian Koch as International Artist Relations Manager.

“Chris and Christian are passionate about what they do. They’ve learned from the best so they treat artists like family, and with great respect. There isn’t an AR team with more credibility and influence anywhere in the industry.” comments Sabian VP of Marketing, Stacey Montgomery-Clark.

As Global Artist Relations Director, Chris Stankee will be responsible for all aspects of SABIAN’s artist program worldwide, including recruitment, development, and service. Stankee also plays a key role in product development and SABIAN’s social media. Stankee is a Berklee grad and industry veteran, with 20 years of MI experience in retail, teaching, performing, and touring professionally. He has made several key signings for SABIAN, and has been instrumental in developing many important cymbal models like the Holy China with Chad Smith.

“Since meeting Chris on my first visit to the Sabian factory in Meductic, New Brunswick, over 10 years ago, we have been very good friends. Apart from testing prototype cymbals together and his occasional appearances as guest drum tech, there have been many requests for promotional appearances, dinner dates, or joining me on motorcycling adventures. Thus I am delighted to see him promoted to this international office – hoping he’ll have less time to bother me,” comments Rush drummer Neil Peart.

[![Christian Koch](/content/images/2015/01/Christian-Koch-225x300.jpg)](/content/images/2015/01/Christian-Koch.jpg)Christian Koch
As International Artist Relations Manager, Christian Koch is responsible for recruitment, servicing, and developing the Sabian international roster. Koch also plays an important role in product development, and is a regular content contributor to social media and global marketing activities. Koch is also an industry veteran. He won the prestigious Vic Firth award during his tenure with German distributor M&T, and serves as an advisor to the likes of Dave Weckl, Jojo Mayer, Christoph Schneider, and Ralph Salmins.

“With cymbal sounds, Christian’s deep knowledge and impeccable taste mean that when I’m looking for something, I barely need to describe what I’m after … Christian just knows. This guy is a cymbal sound master and a gentleman and these attributes make him the perfect artist relations manager. Congratulations Christian and I hope all those Sabian Artists worldwide enjoy being with you as much as I have done,” comments Ralph Salmins.

For more information, contact Sabian: 506-272-2019,,

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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