Marty Lee Hoenes is the lead guitarist of Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, a professional freelance designer, and an Art Director for a successful midwest U.S. advertising agency. A founding member of The Cruisers, Marty creates or oversees all of the band's graphics including CD and DVD package designs, web graphics, wearables, and posters.
Marty has been producing award-winning marketing support material for the music industry for over 15 years, and it's his experience as a successful songwriter and musician that gives him a unique perspective as a graphic designer.
His CD and DVD designs for Donnie Iris, Michael Stanley, and other artists can be seen at www.martyleedesigns.com.
Marty's early career with the band saw him record five major label albums in four years (four for MCA and one for CBS), writing and performing on several BILLBOARD TOP 40 hit singles and albums. Managed by Cleveland's reknowned Belkin Organization, Marty gained immeasurable experience and knowledge of the business of music during the band's many U.S. tours and countless concert appearances with other acts of the era including Journey, Loverboy, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, The Romantics, Eddie Money, UFO, Nazareth, Ted Nugent, Joan Jett, Hall & Oates, The Michael Stanley Band, The Iron City Houserockers, and many, many others.
In September, 2005, the Cruisers joined with other regional favorites, Joe Grushecky, Rusted Root, B.E. Taylor, Povertyneck Hillbillies, and The Clarks to raise over $100,000 for the American Red Cross and Hurricane Katrina victims at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. Marty is also, along with bandmates Mark Avsec and Donnie Iris, a regular performer at the annual Cleveland Indians Tribe Jam, which features well-known Cleveland area musicians and Major League Baseball players, and raises money for Cleveland Indians Charities.