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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.
I'll let everyone answer for themselves but one word comes to my mind and that is ""Fantastic"". They were the perfect band for our venue and had the ...
Jun 05, 2021
The Maxx was AMAZING!! I am so glad I chose them on the third go around because they were the best! There energy and personality is what makes them sp...
May 22, 2021
I will honestly say I was worried going in, that people and players may have aged since we made the selection 2 plus years ago. But The Maxx was fanta...
May 08, 2021
They were fabulous. The type music they played was just what the bride and groom loved the best. We had many compliments too!...
Aug 08, 2020
They were great and super easy to work with! Everyone loved them!...
Aug 08, 2020
Thank you for making our wedding reception so much fun! Our family and friends had a blast! You were professional but also kind and warm to all! So gr...
Feb 15, 2020
They were fantastic. Great party. Raised lots of money. Big time had by all. Thanks for your help. ...
Jan 24, 2020
Incredible night with the band. They were all so much fun and I have only received great feedback from the young to the old. Thank you so so much!!...
Nov 29, 2019
They were amazing. Truly a class act. Not only was the music great, but their manager was easy to work with also. We absolutely loved this band and I ...
Nov 08, 2019
They did a phenomenal job. We always love having the band come perform every year. Please extend our gratitude to the group for their hard work and gr...
Oct 18, 2019
They were awesome!! I love how they seem to have fun with the crowd! Not just performing but enjoying their time with us! We love The Maxx!!!!...
Sep 14, 2019
The Maxx was great!!!! We so appreciated their flexibility in break times, starting with horns to greet guests and stage sizing. We can't wait to work...
Jun 29, 2019
They were amazing. We loved them! Great sound and so nice!! One lady couldn’t get up from her table so one of the band members sang to her at the tabl...
Jun 22, 2019
Above and beyond all expectations. I appreciate their professionalism! They are an attractive group with a wonderful sound. The wedding photograp...
Jun 15, 2019
This is one great group. The Maxx blew everyone away! Their music was fantastic -- brilliant musicians and a stupendous lead voice!! So many people sa...
Jun 08, 2019
The MAXX is the best band for events/weddings that I have ever seen. I saw them twice before my actual wedding and they blew me and my husband away! T...
May 11, 2019
It just occurred to me that I haven't thanked you and The Maxx for Grier and David's fabulous wedding reception! It was an amazing evening for the bri...
May 04, 2019
Roc and the band were fantastic!! Best wedding band I have ever seen—appreciate their fun spirit Tony Cooper did a great job as band manager. Worked a...
Mar 30, 2019
The Maxx was great. On-time, professional, easy to work with. They took one break and started/stopped promptly on time. Performance wise, they were pe...
Mar 01, 2019
We loved having The Maxx at our recent dance club. They kept the dance floor packed the entire time! They were fun, involving the crowd often. They pl...
Feb 01, 2019
The MAXX Band is comprised of amazing and talented musicians. They are polite, exact, accommodating and most personable. The quality of their music is...
Jan 26, 2019
The Maxx did a fabulous job at the wedding! The dance floor was packed all night long. I received numerous comments throughout the night about how gre...
Jan 19, 2019
There are no words....THE MAXX rocked the tailgate tent. Feedback has not been anything but positive. As soon as I know the date for Homecoming 2019.....
Oct 27, 2018
They were amazing! We always enjoy having them at our event and the energy they bring to the stage....
Oct 19, 2018
Band and manager were great to work with! Very very accommodating and flexible. And GREAT music!...
Oct 13, 2018
I can't say enough about how great the MAXX was for our daughter's wedding this past weekend! They were superb in every way. Thank you for all your h...
Sep 02, 2018
Fantastic – client is still raving – thank you again for such an amazing evening!!...
Aug 27, 2018
They were GREAT! Best band we’ve ever used for our event. Thanks for everything....
Jun 03, 2018
It went great. They put on an awesome show and were super easy to work with as well. ...
Apr 28, 2018
It is hard for me to put in to words how AWESOME the night was , thanks to THE MAXX. We were expecting awesome, but the night was so far beyond that...
Apr 28, 2018
Everything went great! They were a pleasure to work with! Thank you for all of your help. I look forward to working with you again soon!...
Mar 03, 2018
Fantastic as always. Thanks for a great event!...
Mar 02, 2018
Our daughter, Molly got married in November. You were kind enough to get us set up with The Maxx. What an incredible and unforgettable day/night we ...
Nov 18, 2017
The Maxx is uncomparable to any other band. Their ability to keep the crowd amp'd and energized is insane. I have worked with them several times and e...
Nov 03, 2017
After almost fifteen months of preparation for our daughter's wedding at Pinehurst Resort, it became obvious within the first thirty minutes of the re...
Oct 21, 2017
The Maxx band was fabulous!! All our guests raved about how good the band was. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a band. Buddy Broo...
Oct 21, 2017
2005 was so long ago that I had the pleasure to work with The Maxx that I was so so excited to work with them again after I fell in love with them bac...
Sep 23, 2017
The casino was a huge hit and so was The Maxx. It was a really fun evening with so many doctors saying it was the best one of the four years running-t...
Aug 04, 2017
I am sure that it comes as no surprise to you that the Maxx was simply amazing. The men and women of the Maxx put on a tremendous show while eng...
May 28, 2017
The band was absolutely fantastic! People are still talking about it! They were flexible and definitely kept the party going! Send them my best. ...
Mar 11, 2017
They were really good! We would have them back in a heartbeat! Great performance and value! ...
Jan 14, 2017
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...
Jan 07, 2017
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...
May 06, 2016
They were absolutely fantastic!! Great selection of music and they kept the wedding reception rocking the entire night. Loved, loved, loved them! Ou...
Feb 15, 2016
The Maxx was absolutely fantastic, and we continue to receive compliments with our selection—and indeed everyone had a blast.
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Jan 30, 2016
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...
Dec 04, 2015
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...
Nov 28, 2015
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...
Oct 16, 2015
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-
Oct 10, 2015
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.
Sep 06, 2015
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...
Aug 28, 2015
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...
Apr 18, 2015
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...
Apr 10, 2015
Feb 14, 2015
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...
Feb 10, 2015
Everyone did a fantastic job. Everyone was dancing the whole night. Super professional, really great! Thanks!
Oct 18, 2014
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...
Oct 11, 2014
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 ...
Sep 19, 2014
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...
Sep 13, 2014
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...
Sep 12, 2014
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...
Jun 14, 2014
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...
May 08, 2014
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...
May 03, 2014
The Maxx was AMAZING the dance floor was full the entire night. We loved them!
Apr 04, 2014
They were out of this world good! Everybody, and I mean everybody, loved them!
Feb 22, 2014
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...
Feb 15, 2014
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...
Dec 27, 2013
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...
Aug 10, 2013
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...
May 18, 2013
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...
Apr 20, 2013
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...
Apr 20, 2013
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. ...
Jan 01, 2013
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...
Jan 01, 2013
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...
Jan 01, 2013
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...
Jul 21, 2012
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...
Jun 02, 2012
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...
May 04, 2012
The Maxx was absolutely incredible. They provided an amazing performance that received rave reviews. People are still talking about them and our party...
Apr 27, 2012
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...
Apr 20, 2012
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...
Dec 09, 2011
The Maxx played at my wedding reception almost 20 years ago!!! (July 19, 1997) I was watching my wedding DVD and remembered what an incredible band th...
The Maxx did an outstanding job yet again. The members loved them! Please pass my thanks on to them as they were the highlight of the evening. Look...
Adele - Rollin in the Deep
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 Scoot 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
Chairman Of The Board - Carolina Girls
Chaka Kahn - I'm Every Woman
Charlie Parker - Billies Bounce
Chic - Good Times
Christopher Cross - Sailing
Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode
Commodores - Brick House
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
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
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
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 Stewart - Have I Told You Lately
Rod Stewart - 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
Taio Cruz - Dynamite
Taj Mahal - Loving In The Back Of My Mind
Taste of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie
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 - Simply 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