Jan Van der Roost was a guest conductor at Western International Band Clinic during the 27th Annual music convention in 2005. During that convention the secret plan to have him write an Irish medley, and dedicate it to Max and Nell McKee, was born. Over the next two years, all Southern Oregon University and American Band College Alumni were contacted to play on the surprise concert for Max McKee to celebrate his 40+ years of contribution to the music industry.
was secretly flown out to Ashland, Oregon to present
the new piece and conduct the world premiere with the
SOU/ABC Alumni Band. In addition to Jan's new piece
entitled, "Dublin Dances," he also conducted
his "Suite Provencale" with the Alumni Band.
Many of Max's other favorite pieces where performed
on the concert and conducted by SOU Alumni and friends
(see entire program below).
Click on Dublin Dances CD to hear an MP3 recording of the new piece.
(right) with Philippe Langlet, a
long-time friend from France, who conducted one of
Max's favorites by Alfred Reed : "Gallop"
from First Suite for Band
Van der Roost presents the "Dublin Dances" plaque after
conducting the world premiere of the new piece in Ashland,
Oregon on June 28, 2007.
SURPRISE CELEBRATION CONCERT:
Springtime Madrigal arr. by Max McKee
Scott McKee, Conductor
Northwest Suite by John O'Reilly
I. Space Needle
III. Mount Hood
Larry Hudson, Conductor
Citation March by Glenn Mathews
Cynthia Hutton, Conductor
Deir’ in De by Warren Barker
Scott Taylor, Conductor
Mazama by Jay Chattaway
Steve Thickett, Conductor
TUBA DUET SALUTE
Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan
Send in the Clowns
SOU Fight Song
Stu Turner, Conductor
Gallop (from 1st Suite) by Alfred Reed
Philippe Langlet, Conductor
Mini Max Fanfare by
Jacob de Haan
Scott Taylor, Conductor
Suite Provencale by Jan Van der Roost
Dublin Dances by Jan Van der Roost
Jan Van der Roost, Conductor
Max & Nell (1972) flying with
band to Hawaii
and Nell in the early years! (1960s)
Max and Nell (2006)
M. Max McKee's Awards and
From 1967 to 1994, Max taught over 4000 students
as Director of Bands at Southern Oregon University.
In 1980, Max Co-founded
Western International Band Clinic with Scott Taylor.
Now in its 31st year, WIBC has educated thousands of band directors, and allowed over 6000 High School honor band students from around the country to learn and play under numerous guest composers and conductors from around the world.
In 1981 he was elected to the membership in the American Bandmasters Association, and served on its board of Directors.
In 1985 – Max started his next passion- Bandworld Magazine.
Now online exclusively, Bandworld Magazine was created as an educational aid for directors and their students. Over the years, Bandworld Magazine provided a wealth of music educational resources. And It serves as an official publication for several prestigious band organizations including the American Bandmasters Association, the Women Band Directors International, and the John Philip Sousa Foundation.
In 1989 he started the
American Band College program, which became a master's program
He currently serves
on the John Philip Sousa Foundation Board.
In 1998 he received
the Sousa Foundation's highest award, The Medal of Honor.
In 2003 he was inducted as an honorary member of Phi Beta Mu.
In 2005, he received the Midwest Clinic’s Industry Award.
In 2006, he was inducted
to honorary membership in the Women Band Directors International.
In 2006, he was awarded
the A.A Harding Award thereby joining the esteemed company
of John Philip Sousa, and Henry Fillmore.
In 2007, Nell and Max
celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. They have 4 children
and 9 grandchildren.