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.
The band was absolutely fantastic! People are still talking about it! They were flexible and definitely kept the party going! Send them my best. ...
They were really good! We would have them back in a heartbeat! Great performance and value! ...
As the Mother of the Bride, I can tell you we could not have been more pleased. Our friends danced and danced and wanted to know where we found the b...
The Maxx was so so incredible!!!! They were so nice and soooo much fun! All of our guests at the wedding kept raving about them and asking who they we...
They were absolutely fantastic!! Great selection of music and they kept the wedding reception rocking the entire night. Loved, loved, loved them! Ou...
The Maxx was absolutely fantastic, and we continue to receive compliments with our selection—and indeed everyone had a blast.
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The Maxx did a fantastic job. Very energetic, well choreographed and professional. The dance floor was full for their entire set. Lots of very posit c...
One word...AMAZING!!! Best Cotillion party EVER! They had everyone up and dancing and no one was ready for them to leave. Please pass along my appreci...
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 en...
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 mad...
-Alyssa and Zach-
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.
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 whe...
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 wor...
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 the...
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 forwar...
Everyone did a fantastic job. Everyone was dancing the whole night. Super professional, really great! Thanks!
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 wonder...
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 ...
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 w...
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 fo...
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...
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 t...
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 bookin...
The Maxx was AMAZING the dance floor was full the entire night. We loved them!
They were out of this world good! Everybody, and I mean everybody, loved them!
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 b...
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. Th...
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!!! T...
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 pl...
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 l...
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 h...
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. ...
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 t...
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 fo...
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...
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...
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 poo...
The Maxx was absolutely incredible. They provided an amazing performance that received rave reviews. People are still talking about them and our party...
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 seve...
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 tenu...