Maxwell is a lecturer in music of tuba, euphonium and brass methods, and is director of the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble at Winthrop. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees in Performance from Appalachian State University, studying both tuba and euphonium under C. Robert Clark. Other teachers have included Daniel Steiger and Ron Davis, and she continues to stay current with instruction by regularly attending the master classes of various professional tuba and euphonium artists like Steven Mead, Gail Robertson, David Bandman, Gene Pokorny, Allen Baer, Stacy Baker, and Mike Forbes.
Maxwell has traveled and performed extensively across the United States as a member of one of the U.S. Navy fleet bands in the early '90's. In addition to her duties as principal and featured euphonium soloist in the Ceremonial Band and Wind Ensemble, she frequently performed and toured on bass trombone in the unit's jazz band. After completing her tour, she relocated to the Virginia Beach area where she remained musically active teaching and performing with the Tidewater Winds, Virginia Wind Symphony, and Polished Brass Quintet.
Maxwell was tubist/bass trombonist for "The Lion King" and "Chicago" at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, NC. She currently freelances in the North and South Carolina regions as tubist with the Stained Brass Quintet, Union Symphony Orchestra, and for shows and brass festivals. She is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, International Women's Brass Conference, and a Sigma Alpha Iota Alumni.