ABC - Staff

ABC/WIBC Operational Staff

Scott McKee

ABC/Bandworld/WIBC CEO

A Western International Band Clinic staff member since 1990, Scott assumed the full-time position of Managing Director of the American Band College and Organizing Chairperson for WIBC in 2002. In 2015, he was appointed as the CEO of ABC, Bandworld Magazine, and WIBC.

Scott holds a bachelors degree in music education from Southern Oregon University and a master's degree through the American Band College. He taught many years in the public schools of Oregon (Scappoose and Springfield), and was the conductor (and founder) of the Willamette Valley Honor Band in the Eugene area from 2007-2020.

In addition to band adjudication, Scott is busy guest conducting honor groups in the Northwest and Brisbane, Australia at the Griffith Conservatorium of Music. In 2004, he was elected Associate Member of the American Bandmasters Association and is the current chairperson of the ABA Associate Committee.


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Deb Knisely

ABC/Bandworld/WIBC Director of Operations

An American Band College graduate of 2011, Deb is the newest full time member of the ABC administration team. Before earning her Master's of Music at ABC, she received her Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She has been active throughout the state of New Jersey in secondary music education, running auditions for regional and all state events from jazz to orchestra to band.

Deb began her teaching career in Lakewood, New Jersey before moving to Cinnaminson High School. In her 18 years at Cinnaminson, along with the performance-based classes, she instituted classes in AP Music Theory, Chamber Music, Digital Music Engineering and Production, and General Music. Deb’s Marching Band won many awards during her tenure including 6 state championships, and the Concert Band has been selected to represent Region III at the New Jersey State Concert Band Gala three times.

Deb has held the office of President of the South Jersey Band and Orchestra Directors Association and Region III New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators President. She has recently received the New Jersey Music Educators Distinguished Service Award for having made significant contributions to music education in the state of New Jersey.

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Stacy Swartout-McKee

ABC/Bandworld/WIBC Executive Assistant

As the choir director/clinician with the American Band College and staff member with Western International Band Clinic, Stacy joined us as Executive Assistant in 2021.

Stacy holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from University of Oregon. She recently retired with 30 years in music eduction, having taught choral music in Oregon. Her most recent position was the Director of Choral Music at Springfield High School in Springfield, Oregon.

In her spare time, she enjoys landscaping, being a grandmother, and traveling with her family.

Max McKee

ABC/Bandworld/WIBC Founder/Executive Director

Editor of Bandworld Magazine and co-founder of Western International Band Clinic, he is Professor Emeritus of Music at Southern Oregon Univ. where he served as Director of Bands from 1967 to 1994. He is now Executive Director of The American Band College masters degree program in which over 200 candidates from over 47 states and 8 foreign countries are enrolled.

Max also continues as a WIBC Board member, has served on the Oregon Arts Commission and in 2014 was elected Chairman of the Board of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He received the NBA Citation of Excellence and is a two-time recipient of the Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Certificate of Merit. In 1999 he was inducted into the Northwest Bandmasters Assoc. and received the Sousa Foundation’s highest award, The Medal of Honor.

He is an elected member of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, hosted its 1988 national convention in Ashland and served on its Board of Directors from 2000-2002. Max was also presented the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic's Music Industry Award, the WBDI World of Music Award and the A.A. Harding Award by the ASBDA.


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