Everett Maxwell was born January 1, 1912 in Ennis, Texas. He attended public school in Marlin, Texas where he started band in the third grade. He graduated from Marlin High School in 1929, and enrolled in Abliene Christian College the same year. In 1933, he received his B.A. in Chemistry from A.C.C.. He received his Master's degree from Texas Tech in 1942, and his doctorate from Texas Tech in 1970.
Everett's first teaching job was at Bronte, Texas in 1934 where he taught elementary subjects and band. He moved to Anthony, New Mexico in 1936 and taught science and band. Two years later, he moved to Lovington, N.M. and taught only band. He started the band program in Denver City in 1940. During World War II, he worked for General Dynamics in Ft. Worth. Everett moved to Cordell, Oklahoma in 1946 to teach band again. In 1947, he moved to Andrews, Texas, and taught band in the high school for 12 years.
Everett moved to Lubbock in 1959, and taught one year at Lubbock Christian College before going to Abernathy where he taught band for 9 years. He returned to Lubbock Christian College in 1969 and retired from the college in 1975. Everett tried to retire several times, but Lubbock Christian High School kept calling him back to teach either science or band or both. Finally in 1985, he retired permanently.
During his teaching career, Everett wrote many arrangements for his bands, also composed numerous marches which were published by Southern Music Co. of San Antonio. Marcho Vivo was his first published march, written in the mid 50's while at Andrews. The balance of his marches were written and published while he was at Abernathy, except for March Differente, which was written as part of his doctoral work. The most played of his marches has been Ojo de Aquila.
Everett and his wife live in Lubbock, and although they may say they are retired, they are very active retirees. Everett still plays in Dean Killion's brass band that meets once a week.