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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 performances for 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 and talent, The Maxx invests in future generations while bringing joy to the hearts of many.

Print Song List
Adelle - Rollin in the Deep
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Andy Williams - Moon River
Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love
B-52s - Love Shack
Barry White - Can't Get Enough of Your Love
Barry White - My First, My Last, My Everything
Bee Gees - Stayin Alive
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Beyonce  - Crazy In Love
Beyonce  - Deja Vu
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Black Eyed Peas - I Got a Feeling
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love
Black Eyed Peas - Let's Get It Started
Bob Carlisle - Butterfly Kisses
Bob Marley  - Is This Love
Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Brenda Russell - Piano In The Dark
Britney Spears - Til The World Ends
Brooks and Dunn - Boot Skoot Boogie
Bruno Mars - Treasure
Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven
Cameo - Word Up
Carly Ray Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
Cee Lo - Forget You
Chairman Of The Board - Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chairmnan Of The Board - Carolina Girls
Chaka Kahn - I'm Every Woman
Charlie Parker - Billies Bounce
Chic - Good Times
Christopher Cross - Sailing
Chuck Berry - Johnnny B. Goode
Commodores - Brick House
Dave Brubeck - Girl From Ipanema
Dave Brubeck - Take 5
Diana Ross - Upside Down
Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Donna Summer - Last Dance
Doris Troy - Just One Look
Dorothy Moore - Misty Blue
Duke Ellington - Satin Doll
Duke Ellington - Take The A Train
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Earth, Wind & Fire - In The Stone
Ella Fitzgerald - My Funny Valentine
Ella Fitzgerald - I Got Rhythm
Ella Fitzgerald - Misty
Elton John - Blessed
Elvis Presley - I Can't Help Falling In Love
Etta James - At Last
Etta James - At Last
Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
Four Seasons - Oh What a Night
Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself
Frank Sinatra - All The Way
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon
Frankie Lymon - Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Frankie Valli - Too Good To Be True
Get Luck - Daft Punk
Gladys Knight & The Pips - Midnight Train To Georgia
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Harry Connick Jr - It Had To Be you
Heartland - I Loved Her First
Ideas of March - Vehicle
Ike And Tina Turner - Proud Mary
Isley Brothers - Shout
Jack Johnson - Better Together
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is
Joey Dee & The Starliters - Peppermint Twist
Journey - Don't Stop Believing
Justin Timberlake - Sexy Back
Katy Perry - Firework
KC & The Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
KC & The Sunshine Band - That's The Way I Like It
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
Kool & The Gang - Celebration
Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It
Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night
Kool & The Gang - Jungle Boogie
Lady Gaga - Just Dance
Lee Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance
Lloyd Williams - Shama Lama Ding Dong
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
LMFAO - I'm Sexy and I Know It
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose
Louis Armstrong - A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Maceo Pinkard - Sugar
Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger
Marsha Griffin - Electric Slide
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Dancin' In The Streets
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Heatwave
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - If I Could Build My Whole World
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - Your Precious Love
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell - The Real Thing
Mary Chapin Carpenter - Passionate Kisses
Mary J. Blige - Just FIne
McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now
Michael Jackson - Rock With You
Mr. C. - Cha Cha Slide
Nancy Wilson - The Best Is Yet To Come
Nat King Cole - Let There Be Love
Nat King Cole - Unforgettable
Nat King Cole - Our Love Is Here To Stay
Nat King Cole - Straighten Up And Fly Right
Natalie Cole - Almost Like Being In Love
Natalie Cole - Route 66
Natalie Cole - L.O.V.E.
Natalie Cole - Orange Colored Sky
Natalie Cole - Cry Me A River
Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems
Otis Reading - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Reading - That's How Strong My Love Is
Outkast - Hey Ya
Outkast - The Way You Move
Pharell - Happy
Pitbull ft. Kesha - Timber
Pointer Sisters - I'm So Excited
Prince - 1999
Ramsey Louis - The In Crowd
Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
Ray Lamontagne - You Are The Best Thing
Ready for the World - Oh Sheila
Rihanna - Diamonds
Rihanna - Umbrella
Rihanna - Don't Stop The Music
Rod Stewert - Have I Told You Lately
Rod Stewert - This Old Heart Of Mine
Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
Sam And Dave - Soul Man
Sam Cooke - You Send Me
Shaggy - Angel
Shania Twain - Man, I Feel Like A Woman
Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction
SOS - Take Your Time
Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
Stevie Wonder - Sunshine Of My Life
Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amour
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Taj Mahal - Loving In The Back Of My Mind
Taste of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie
Temptations - My Girl
Temptations - My Girl
Temptations - Aint Too Proud To Beg
The Beatles - In My Life
The Countours - Do You Love Me
The Drifters - More Than A Number
The Embers - I Love Beach Music
The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup
The Platters - With This Ring
The Supremes - Baby Love
The Trammps - Disco Inferno
The Trammps - Hold Back The Night
The Tymes - Ms. Grace
Tina Turner - Simpy The Best
V.I.C. - Wobble
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison - Someone Like You
Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance
Whitney Houston - Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
Wilson Picket - Mustang Sally

Charity Fundraiser

Hi Rick and Tony, 

The Maxx Band was AWESOME, per usual. They got everyone on the dance floor and we heard nothing but great things about their high energy and great music. Martha and I are very appreciative of their fabulous work this year, and would love to hear any feedbacks they might have from the entire event. She and I will be getting together with the committee soon and would love to add comments on what worked and how you think we can improve for next year. We look forward to hearing back from you soon. Thank you again!

Zobida D.


Thank you so much for being the BEST wedding band! Zach and I were honored to have such a talented and energetic band for our special day. You all made the night! Not only did Zach and I boggy-on-down with the awesome playlist and dancing you all did, but the guests had a blast! We received numerous compliments on you all, more than anything else! "That was the most fun wedding", "Where did you find this band?" and "These guys are awesome!" was just some of the comments...

Thank you for helping us make the night effortless, special, emotional, and happy. Everyone could just feel the positive energy and happy atmosphere in the room. I have never seen a wedding reception so happy and everyone on the dance floor all night! It truly was a night we will never forget and we are thrilled you all were apart of it.

Thank you again for all your hard work!

Alyssa and Zach A.
Figure 8 Island Yacht Club

Event Planner

The best...everyone is raving about the band.  Amazing, talented, professional, dynamic..all of the above.  Can't wait to use them again one day.

Suzy G.

Mother of the Bride

Once again the Maxx was FABULOUS!  Everyone had a great time, and we loved the way the band engaged all of our guests.  My 86 year old mother said when your wonderful vocalist started with “At Last” for the bride and groom’s first dance, she had never heard such a beautiful voice and she loved the memory from her “era.”  Then when the band started with more current songs, she was out on the dance floor too!

Most of all the bride and groom were overjoyed with the evening, and said it was the happiest night of their lives.

We are honored to have had the Maxx at two daughters’ weddings! 

Thank you, thank you!  I couldn’t have been better!

Marilyn B.


Everything was fantastic! Everyone absolutely loved The Maxx! I can't even tell you how much we loved them! They were so professional and great to work with. Please please tell them how much we loved them! They are such a talented group of people! Thank you again for everything!

Lane R.

Corporate Event

Thanks Steve! They were great!! Such a great performance and song choices. Nothing bad to report. 

Our group loves them and would love to work with them again next year!

Britt H.

Ocean Reef Yacht Club Event


Pyllis E.

South Carolina Governor's Conference

Steve the band was fantastic for our event at SC Governor's Conference!  As always they kept the crowd engaged and on the dance floor!   I look forward to my next opportunity to book this fantastic group!!!!

Helen H.
Executive Director

Wedding Planner

Everyone did a fantastic job. Everyone was dancing the whole night. Super professional, really great! Thanks!

Lindsey S.
Wedding Planner

Private Party

OMG!!! I am just getting my feet back on after Saturday night....I left my soles on the hardwood!!!

Steve-  every- EVERY-thing about The MAXX is wonderful.

Easy setting up, gracious personalities, complimentary costumes, choreography we were all dying for, and the sound- OMG...the voices and instrumentation was more than we had imagined.

I was the first and last on the dance floor-  my guests asked over and over "who are they" "where did they come from"?  The song selections and presentation perfection!

My guests were from NYC, NY state, San Francisco Bay area, West Indies, Minnesota, Boston etc. and each and everyone LOVED the music and the entertainment!

Thank each of the band members for me. We are so appreciative of their talent and performance style.

Liz Q.
Private Party

Event Planner

Hi there Rick – Sorry I didn’t get a chance to chime in and respond to your note yesterday.  I just want to let you know how much everyone absolutely LOVED The Maxx!!  Personally, I did not have the pleasure of seeing them perform prior to this event but I can tell you I was BLOWN away!!  In 25+ years of planning special events in the ATL, I can honestly tell you they were one of the best live ‘entertainment’ band that I’ve ever hired!

So please know they get huge kudos from the entire planning team for an outstanding performance!! 

They were just fantastic and really entertained the crowds!!   Please relay to them how pleased we were and I will definitely be hiring them again for other events!

Thanks again, Rick!  On behalf of the entire Hope Flies: Catch the Cure team – we could not have been more pleased with The Maxx and their performance!!

Lynne A.
Event Planner


Best night EVER. Best band EVER. Could not have been happier with them. They nailed it and were out of this world. Better than I remember. Our crowd was nuts. 2 ambulances cause they were having a blast. 1 broken bone and 14 stitches later. We are waiting for our plane in Charlotte to head out on our honeymoon and are still getting emails and texts about that band. People wanting information. Please relay our sincerest thank you's!!!! Love them!

Austin A.

Father of the Bride

The MAXX were wonderful, very professional and had the crowd jammin from start to finish and asking for more. You can be sure you will hear from me for my next daughters wedding.

Frank C.
Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

They were FABULOUS!! . What a fantastic performance!! Everyone loved them as I knew they would.They made it a very special night for my daughter. Many of the guests said they were the best band they had ever heard. One of our wedding planners said they were her favorite band of any she had heard. I'm sure I will be asked how to get in touch with them in the future. Many of the guests have daughters the same age. I personally will be in touch if the need arises.

I thanked them afterwards but please be sure and pass this along to them and thank them again my wife(June), and I and especially our daughter (Maisie).

Brent C.
Father of the Bride

Charity Event

The Maxx was actually awesome! There was never a time where there weren't people on the dance floor. My client actually said that she would fly them to Long Beach for our next conference (although I'm sure she didn't consider the cost to fly their gear :-p ).

This is our third year doing a dinner with dancing and this was the best yet.

Carla B.
International Oil Spill Conference

Wedding Planner

The wedding reception with The Maxx was perfect! From the first song to the last, the dance floor was packed! Thank you for all of your help in booking this great band.

Susan H.
Wedding Planner

Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament

The Maxx was AMAZING the dance floor was full the entire night. We loved them!

Lauren C.
Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament

Savannah Telfair Gala

They were out of this world good! Everybody, and I mean everybody, loved them!

Jay H.
Telfair Gala

Washington Cotillion 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. 

Karen M.
Band Chairperson, Washington Cotillion Club

Atlanta Debutante Club

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!

Greer P.
Atlanta Debutante Club

Mother of the Bride

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.
Mother of the Bride

Event Planner

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!

Kim H.
Event Planner

Mother of the Groom

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.
Mother of the Groom

UVA Fundraiser

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. 

Dillon H.
UVA Fundraiser


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!

Anne S.

College Event

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

Chris T.
Washington & Lee University

Father of the Bride

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!

David H.
Father of the Bride

Social Gala

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.

Rehearsal Dinner

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.

Charity Event

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!

Many thanks!

Ashton M.
Preservation Society of Charleston


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! 

Caroline L.
Ashley Hall High School Prom

Christmas Party

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! 

Terry C.
Duke Faculty Christmas Party

Charity Event

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)
Charity Event

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