It's rare to find a band that is steeped in tradition, yet remarkably modern, but The Maxx embodies that statement. Founding members Rod Whittaker (bass/keyboards/vocals), Leroy "Roc" Lovelace (sax/vocals), and Steven Rollins (guitar) are products of the Atlanta band era when neighborhood kids emulated their favorite 70′s funk groups. For over twenty years, The Maxx has continued this tradition by performing the music of their youth along with classic oldies and today's pop music. Their energetic choreography and eclectic sound keeps them traveling the world entertaining countless weddings, conventions and major corporate events; including Bill Gates and Microsoft.
The Maxx's DNA consists of a strict work ethic instilled by their blue collar parents and endless childhood rehearsals. This discipline elevated The Maxx from a talent show house band to a college tour staple. By naming themselves after The Ohio Players' album, Climax, it seems they were already prepared for greatness. As the music industry began to shift away from bands in favor of solo artists, the chance of signing to a major label became less likely. This change forced The Maxx to take control of their musical destiny. The process started when they re-named themselves The Maxx to establish their own unique sound. The band's focus culminated to a decision to move from pursuing a record deal to pursuing their true passion; helping people enjoy life's most treasured moments. Their Christmas album, For The Holidays, and intimate stage presence are proof of their commitment. By putting their clients first, The Maxx combines professionalism with captivating entertainment.
Over the years, The Maxx has learned that in order to sustain a successful career, they would have to constantly re-invent themselves. 2002 saw the addition of their first and only female vocalist, Rainy Middleton, a remarkable vocalist whose voice can tear a hole in the sky. With the addition of Alvin "Deuce" Batiste, Jr. (drums), Andre Bernard (trombone/keyboards/vocals) and Menes Ray (trumpet/vocals), The Maxx stays current while propelling their legacy forward. On stage and off, The Maxx exemplify their name through a relentless pursuit of excellence. They tour 125 days out of the year while tailoring their set list to personalize every performance. Even with frequent travels, The Maxx has not forgotten their roots. They support children with their very own 501c3 non-profit, Musical Youth Of America, an organization developed to promote and provide music education to elementary and middle school children. Furthermore, they support and promote high school music programs, with their organization, Band Room Nation. The Maxx has come full circle in having two non-profit organizations give back to the community that produced them.
The Maxx recognize that it's more than music: it's about creating special moments in people's lives. Through their musical integrity, The Maxx invests in future generations while bringing joy to the hearts of many.
50 Cent - In Da' Club
Adele - Rolling In The Deep
Al Green - Lets Stay Together
Allison Kraus - When You Say Nothing
Andy Williams - Moon River
Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
Bee Gees - Staying Alive
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Beyonce' - Crazy In Love
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Black Eyed Peas - I Got A Feeling
Black Eyed Peas - Lets Get It Started
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is the Love
Bob Marley - Is This Love
Britney Spears - Til The World Ends
Brooks and Dunn - Boot Skootin' Boogie
Cameo - Word Up
Chairman Of The Board - Carolina Girls
Chairman Of The Board - Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chaka Kahn - I'm Every Woman
Chic - Good Times
Christopher Cross - Sailing
Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
Dave Brubeck - Girl From Ipanema
Dave Brubeck - Take Five
Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Donna Summer - Last Dance
Duke Ellington - Satin Doll
Duke Ellington - Take The A Train
Earth Wind & Fire - September
Ella Fitzgerald - Misty
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Fallin In Love
Etta James - At Last
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
Four Seasons - Oh What A Night (December 1963)
Four Tops - Can't Help Myself
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Frankie Valli - Too Good To Be True
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train to Georgia
Gloria Gayner - I Will Survive
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Harry Connick, Jr. - It Had To Be You
Ides Of March - Vehicle
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Peppermint Twist
Journey - Don't Stop Believing
Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
Katie Perry - Firework
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I Like it
Kool & The Gang - Celebration
Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night
Kool and the Gang - Get Down On It
Lady Gaga - Just Dance
Little Eva - The Locomotion
Lloyd Williams - Shama Lama Ding Dong
Louie Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Marsha Griffin - Electric Slide
Martha & The Vandellas - Dancin' In The Streets
Martha & The Vandellas - Heatwave
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - You're All I Need To Get By
Mary J. Blige - Just Fine
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin Us Now
Michael Jackson - Rock With You
Mr. C - Cha Cha Slide
Nat King Cole - Christmas Song
Nat King Cole - Love Is Here To Stay
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
Natalie Cole - Almost Like Being In Love
Natalie Cole - Cry Me A River
Natalie Cole - Don't Get Around Much
Natalie Cole - L.O.V.E.
Natalie Cole - Orange Colored Sky
Natalie Cole - Route 66
Nelly - Hot In Here
Nelly - Ride Wit' Me (Must Be The Money)
Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous Girl
Notorious B.I.G - Mo Money Mo Problems
Otis Day and the Knights - Shout
Otis Redding - Dock Of The Bay
Outkast - Hey Ya
Outkast - The Way You Move
Prince - 1999
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Ready For The World - Oh Sheila
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Rihanna - Umbrella
Rod Stewart - Have I Told You Lately
Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
Sam and Dave - Soul Man
Shaggy - Angel
Shania Twain - Man, I Feel Like A Woman
Shania Twain - You're Still The One
Shop Boys - Party Like A Rockstar
Snoop Dog - Sensual Seduction
Soulja Boy - Crank That Soulja Boy
Spiral Staircase - More Today Than Yesterday
Standard - All The Way
Standard - My Funny Valentine
Standard - Straighten Up and Fly Right
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Taste Of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie
Temptations - Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Temptations - My Girl
The Commodores - Brick House
The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk
The Drifters - You're More Than A Number (In My Little Red Book)
The Embers - I Love Beach Music
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
The Platters - With This Ring
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
The Trammps - Hold Back The Night
The Tymes - Ms. Grace
Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Traditional - Hava Nagila
V. I. C. - Wobble
Van McCoy - The Hustle
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison - Crazy Love
Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
Wow! The Maxx were as good as it gets. Everyone, including the staff at the Poinsett Club, thoroughly enjoyed the music. Rain (sp?) was outstanding, but then so was the entire band. Jane Perry (Grace's sister) and I really appreciate your taking care of us. The entire process was easy. Thanks much for your help. Will definitely point anyone looking for a band your way.
Barclay McFadden III
McFadden Foundation Inc
There are no words to adequately express how incredible they were! I could use ever single adjective and it wouldn't come close to describing what an amazing job they did and how obsessed every single guest was with them. They completely made the night and the entire wedding! They were the highlight of it all! They truly rocked the house down! I always said I wanted a band that could entertain the younger crowd all the while getting my grandparents (who are quite conservative) up and dancing - The Maxx certainly accomplished this! My grandfather kept saying, "this band is spectacular... where did you find them?!" I didn't know they could or would dance, but let me assure you, they were having a BLAST! From the first song the band played until the night ended no one set down nor did they want to! They were so flexible with the timing and adjusting of schedules and played the entire time w/o taking a break. No one wanted them to stop or the night to end. My only song request was "Proud Mary" and they did Tina Turner proud. Their energy and excitement was contagious! We wanted to have them play again the following night and then every night after. Every single member of the band was so warm, fun, nice & accommodating. They were worth every dime and if I'm ever lucky enough to have another event that would warrant music, The Maxx would be my first choice! I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!
Please let them know how much we truly loved them as individuals and how truly talented they are as a band. It was better than any concert I've ever been to. Again, if you had enough time I could go on for hours about our wonderful experience, but as I said, finding the perfect words for them is impossible. Needless to say, people are still coming up to me saying - BEST BAND EVER!
It was such a wonderful experience working with you and them and I thank y'all from the bottom on my heart!
Have a great evening and all of my best & thanks!
Kelly G. (Sept 2nd, 2012)
Thanks for your follow up! The Maxx did a WONDERFUL job at our reception, and we truly could not have been happier with their performance. They started off the party with a bang and kept up the momentum until the very end. I, for one, have never danced that much without taking a break, and I think I can say the same for all of our guests! I actually had quite a few people come up to me and ask me about them, how we found them, and said they were the best band they had ever seen at a wedding. I'm sure my parents had the same experience... we are finishing up with our honeymoon on Sunday and I'll ask them when we get home... Anyway, they were a blast and are so talented, and we also really liked how they engaged the crowd -- especially the Soul Train line, so much fun!! I would be happy to provide you with some photos/video from the dance floor if it would be helpful for your website, or give you supportive quotes, referrals, etc. The Maxx truly made all the difference on what was the most fun night of our lives. Thanks a million to you and the band for everything!
They were awesome!! Rave reviews from everyone. I've put your contact info along with The Maxx name in the Chairman's book for the group next year. They wouldn't be disappointed!
Happy new year!
Greer P. (December 27th, 2013)
Atlanta Debutante Club
Words can not express how pleased we were with The Maxx Band. They were Fabulous!! I got so many compliments and many people said they were the best band we've ever had at Cotillion. I can tell you we are a tough crowd to please - but they stepped up. They engaged the crowd and had a extensive repertoire of songs. The showmanship (and womanship) was awesome. I saw people dancing that have rarely danced to even the slow songs in the past. We were all so happy with their performance and I hope to hear them again soon. I would have them every year if possible. They will definitely be a hard act to follow! Thank you, thank you, thank you- our night was so special because of those hard working artists and we appreciate it. The lead vocalists-oh WOW! But really all of the vocals were so good. They have a fan club in Washington. They were all very professional and courteous. Please feel free to add us as a reference.
Karen M., Band Chairperson (2/15/14)
Washington Cotillion Club
We could not have been more pleased with The Maxx. I had never heard The Maxx and picked them based on a friends advice and a little internet research. As you would expect, I had very high expectation for their performance. Although their price was higher than I would have liked to have spent, The Maxx exceeded my expectations and they were simple fantastic. Their performance could not have been any better and they were worth every penny! I have already received several comments about how terrific the band was. My other two daughters have already requested that we use The Maxx for their weddings. Ted, I am very grateful for all of your help and assistance. You were excellent as well. You can gladly provide my contact information to anyone you think I can help with either you or The Maxx.
I am one happy customer!!!!!!!!!!!!
Father of the Bride
Hi Steve - The Maxx was absolutely incredible. They provided an amazing performance that received rave reviews. People are still talking about them and our party! We could not have been more pleased with their professionalism.
The Maxx performance was absolutely everything we could have wished for our party and party guests!
We would be thrilled to hire them next year. We are choosing next year's party date this coming Thursday, and then I would love to email and see if they are available! I know everyone would be excited to see and hear them again!
Ashton M. (April 27th, 2012)
Preservation Society of Charleston
Hi Tony - Truth is... The Maxx was the best band I have seen or heard in my 23 years at Linville Ridge. They were on time, very personable, great stage presence, great musicians, great female vocalist and our members totally enjoyed their performance. They went with our schedule and were a great big part of a very successful party. Thank you so much!
We will definitely hire again!
Karen C. (June 2nd, 2012)
They were out of this world good! Everybody, and I mean everybody, loved them!
Jay H. (Feb 22nd, 2014)
Telfair Gala, Savannah GA
The Maxx on Friday might were ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!! Everyone at the wedding were crazy bout them! The lead singer gave a great show out on the pool covering and it was just a magical night! We could not have asked for a better band! We had 80% New Yorkers and lots of guests from Rhode Island and they all wanted to know the name of the band!
Nancy C. (May 4th, 2012)
Hi Mr. Cooper - The Maxx was incredible! They played the perfect mix of oldies and more modern music and their energy set the tone for a wonderful prom. I've had several people come up to me today and tell me what great time they had and asked who the band was. Their choreography and horn section were a big hit. We loved every minute! Please pass this thank you and praise onto the band. They truly were magnificent! Sincerely,
Caroline L. (April 20th, 2012)
Ashley Hall High School Prom
Tony - The MAXX did a phenomenal job!! They kept the dance floor packed the whole night!! Our President said it was the best Faculty Dinner Dance of his tenure. The performers were extremely nice and accommodating to work with too! Please forward my sincere thanks! All the best,
Terry C. (Dec 9th, 2011)
Duke Faculty Christmas Party
My apologies for not emailing you after we spoke the other day. The MAXX was incredible! We were so happy with the whole night from beginning to end. They were a blast and truly professionals at what they do. Everyone at the party had a blast and are STILL raving about the band, and I'm constantly being asked who we used. It didn't hurt that we had a great crowd to help them along, but I'll never forget cutting the cake at 9:15pm and looking into the back of the tent and people were dancing as if it was 11pm haha! What a great night and I hope they enjoyed themselves as well!
New Orlens Bride
The band was incredible.I agree.The guys--and girl--were real cool about everything, and they put on a great show.Thanks again for all your help. By the way, I have already been asked when we are going to get The Maxx back. I don't know what the band thought about the show, but we'd love to get them again fall term next year
Washington & Lee University
The Maxx was AMAZING the dance floor was full the entire night. We loved them!
Lauren C. (April 4th, 2014)
Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament - Charleston
The band was stupendous. We couldn't have asked for more. The dance floor was filled the entire three hours plus that the band played. There were no lulls except for the intermission - and even during that time period the floor was filled with salsa dancers. Nina's father (who is from Venezuela) had brought his Ipod filled with salsa music which the band agreed to put on his its sound system during the break so the music continued to flow even then. The band interacted with the guests on a number of occasions doing sets that involved active audience participation by guests on the dance floor. Richard and Nina danced a time or two on stage. At least two other guests went on stage and sung along on microphone. Nina sang on stage as well; I'm not sure she ever left the dance floor!. It was all very collaborative which made it all the more fun. The band sang at least one encore which was much appreciated. The only bad thing all night was that, as always, the party had to end. I think Richard and Nina's young friends could have kept going another hour or two.
Tony was very easy to work with and very responsive to all our questions. I would not hesitate to recommend this band for any event...
I'd also be happy to talk to anyone who is considering hiring The Maxx and wants to know more about them.
Beth C. (April 20th, 2013)
Mother of the Groom
The band was absolutely perfect. I've had many people approach me to say how much they enjoyed the band, and a few who asked where we found them and how they could book them for their own events (I've of course been directing people your way). They really know how to put on a great show. The turnout for the Ball exceeded our expectations, we sold out the event with 700 tickets (first time selling out, and twice as many people as last year), and the event as a whole made around $10k. If you have any other questions for me, just ask.
Dillon H. (April 20th, 2013)
Hi Ted! The Maxx were everything we expected them to be!! Everyone LOVED them and they really involved the very enthusiastic crowd! Couldn't have been more pleased! Everyone wanted to know who the band was! Met a bride here at sea island today who has booked them for nov wedding in our same venue! Will recommend them to anyone! Use me as a reference.
Kim H. (May 18th, 2013)
Hi Steve.......... There are absolutely NO words to describe the job The Maxx did at Ellie and Alex's reception on Saturday night. They were positively unbelievable!!! There was one point during the reception when EVERYONE was on the dance floor!! Please, please, please pass the kudos on to whoever needs to get them! They were fabulous!! And if you, or The Maxx need me to write anything confirming all of this, or pass on a recommendation, I am MORE than happy to do so!!
Thanks for all of your help!!
Kate B. (August 10th, 2013)
Mother of the Bride
Hi Tony, We JUST finished our Homes for the Holidays event at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Beaufort, SC, and I want to go ahead and book The Maxx for next year's event.
EVERYONE loved the band and I had people all night long asking me to reserve them for next year.
Take care. Mary C. (November 21st, 2013)