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Mario Leccese, Live Sound Veteran, Passes at 60

Veteran live sound pro Mario Leccese, director of Operations for Solotech US, has died.

Mario Leccese
[/media-credit] Mario Leccese

Las Vegas, NV (April 14, 2021)—Veteran live sound pro Mario Leccese, director of Operations for Solotech US, died last Saturday, April 10 after a short illness. With a career spanning decades, Leccese was an integral part of the event and touring world, working for the better part of three decades at audio provider Audio Analysts from the Eighties through 2011, and then for the last decade at Solotech US.

An touring crew fixture during rock’s heyday, Leccese unassumingly took on duties as needed, whether mixing, system engineering or other roles, working on now-legendary 1980s tours by Van Halen, Monsters of Rock and others.

Over the decades, Leccese, along with his late brother Albert who died in 2010, helped build Audio Analysts into one of North America’s largest sound companies, ultimately rising to the role of vice president of Operations. During that time, the company—and by extension, Leccese—provided audio for Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Linkin Park, Norah Jones, Blue Man Group, The Offspring, Cher, Pink and Ringo Starr, among many others. Additionally, the company became involved in large-scale installations, tackling projects like Lakewood Church in Houston, TX and others.

Solotech acquired Colorado Springs-based Audio Analysts in May, 2011; the company’s assets and audio team, including Leccese, relocated to Las Vegas, where he lived until his passing. Leccese is survived by his wife Jodi, son Evan and grandchildren Illiana, Juliano and Giana.