KW Big Band Theory

Big Band classics and contemporary jazz in Kitchener/Waterloo!

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This fantastic big band packs an irresistible whallop of musical entertainment — spirited, talented and fun!

Stephen Preece, KW Jazz Room

About the Band

The Big Band Theory had its genesis in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, without any clear idea where this project might end up. And… WOW! what an explosion of sound when seventeen of Kitchener-Waterloo’s (and beyond) most talented jazzers showed up for that first rehearsal in October 2011. BBT is now in it’s 6th season of music making with a deep repertoire of period music from the swing era (Benny Goodman and Count Basie), contemporary big band arrangements (LAs Big Phat Band), 70s horn bands (Earth, Wind and Fire, Tower of Power) and is now working on a Christmas recording to be released in 2017. The KW Big Band Theory is an exciting band to hear live. Come check it out, and be prepared to be blown away.

As Ken Hadley, lead alto player says: “This band will part your hair!”

Meet the Musical Director Meet the band

Musical Director: Robin Habermehl

Musical Director - Robin Habermehl

Big Band Theory is lead by saxophonist & singer Robin Habermehl.

Robin has had a career spanning three and half decades of performing and teaching in Canada and abroad.

Robin started his career in the early 1970’s in Toronto, then moving to Ottawa in 1980 to join the Central Band of the Canadian Forces. In 1994, Robin moved back to the Golden Triangle where he now resides in Kitchener. Robin has performed in jazz festivals, rock concerts, and orchestra concerts throughout North America and Europe as a lead vocalist and instrumentalist.

Robin is also the owner of full-service music performance and education company Robin Reid Music.

Meet the band

Band Members

Getting this 17-member group together for rehearsals and concerts is not an easy task. Take a look at how busy, talented and involved they all are!!


Saxophone

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Ken Hadley

Flute, soprano & alto sax

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Robin Habermehl

Conductor, soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals

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Ryan Cassidy

Tenor sax

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Taylor Ellingham

Baritone sax

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Tim Moher

Alto sax


Trumpet

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Bruce Gordon

Composer & arranger

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Chris Alcantara

Trumpet

Kevin-Kalbfleisch

Kevin Kalbfleisch

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Randy Brown

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Rob Gellner


Trombone

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Katherine Scobie

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Paul Ellingham

Bass trombone

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Robin Jessome

steve-hagedorn

Steve Hagedorn


Rhythm Section

Andy Mac

Andy Macpherson

Drums

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Greg Prior

Bass

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Jeff Daniels

Piano

Stephen-Zurakowsky

Stephen Zurakowsky

Guitar


Friends of the band

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Andriy Tykhonov

Piano, keyboard

keith bilinsky

Keith Bilinsky

trombone

mary catherine

Mary Catherine McNinch-Pazzano

vocalist

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Rebecca Binnendyk

vocalist

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Ron Schirm

Trombone

steve mcdade

Steve McDade

Augmenting the trumpet section on Feb. 12

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Upcoming Shows

2016

Oct 27, 6:00 - 10:00

United Way 75th Anniversary Party and Fundraiser

Victoria Park Pavilion, Kitchener  
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KW Big Band Theory will be playing the great swing music of the 40s, music popular when the United Way started in Kitchener-Waterloo. Congratulations United Way!

Tickets

Nov 18, 8:30

Jazz Room

cost: 20

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Nov 26

Cameron Heights 4th Annual Swing Dance and Jazz Workshop

Cameron Heights Collegiate  
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BBT is proud to partner with the Cameron Music Parents Support Group to offer not only a fun night of swing dancing but also afternoon workshops and a performance with Waterloo regional music students and an Allstar Youth Band. Details to follow.

 

Dec 16, 8:00toDec 17

Books for Kids Fundraiser

The Registry Theatre  

Big Band Theory partners with the Registry Theatre and The Record to present a fund-raising concert for “Books for Kids”.

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