Issue: October - December 2007
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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.


Jan 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.


Scott McKee (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

Dublin Dances


Jan Van der Roost presents the "Dublin Dances" plaque after conducting the world premiere of the new piece in Ashland, Oregon on June 28, 2007.


Springtime Madrigal arr. by Max McKee
Scott McKee, Conductor

Northwest Suite by John O'Reilly
I. Space Needle
II. Victoria
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

Sam Pilafian and Patrick Sheridan
Send in the Clowns
Tiger Rag

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
World Premiere
Jan Van der Roost, Conductor

Max & Nell (1972) flying with band to Hawaii

Max and Nell in the early years! (1960s)

Max and Nell (2006)

More information on Dublin Dances:
Dublin Dances
Click on CD for recording of "Dublin Dances"

Click on photo for link to Jan's website

Publisher of Dublin Dances

Sample of score pages

M. Max McKee's Awards and Career Highlights
  • 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 in 1992
  • 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.

Max McKee (left) and Stuart Turner conduct the Southern Oregon University fight song.

ABC staff present Max with a special Irish blessing plaque for all of his hard work.

Southern Oregon Univ. Alums, Steve Thickett (L) and Larry Hudson, in rehearsal.
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