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 has now finished 8 seasons 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 2018. 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!”

Partners and Shoutouts:

Image result for jazz FM 91.1 glen woodcockIn June, 2019, Glen Woodcock, Jazz FM 91.1 listed BBT’s recording “Evidence” as one of 14 albums keeping big band music alive. Read the article. Thank you Glen.

 

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BBT CD’s (as well as Derek Hine’s CD) are now available at Ambrosia Corner Bakery at the corner of Frederick and Filbert Streets. Ambrosia Corner Bakery sells the most delicious baked goods, bean-to-bar chocolate and coffee around. They are incredibly supportive of local artisans and BBT is pleased to endorse their good work.

 

hepcat-swing-square-logo_RGBAs well, Big Band Theory has partnered in 2018 with Hepcat Swinga volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization committed to keeping the spirit of swing dance and music alive in Kitchener-Waterloo and contributing to the vibrant local art and culture scene. Hepcat Swing can provide you with a swing dance lesson for your event and is a perfect accompaniment to KW Big Band Theory’s dance set.

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.


Saxophone

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Gabriella Ellingham

alto, bari, clarinet, flute

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Ken Foster

tenor saxophone

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Ken Hadley

alto sax, flute and clarinet

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Robin Habermehl

Conductor, soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals

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Taylor Ellingham

Baritone sax

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Tim Moher

tenor sax


Trumpet

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Alan Ralston

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Kevin Kalbfleisch

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Randy Brown

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Rob Gellner


Trombone

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Kathryn Scobie

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Paul Ellingham

Bass trombone

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Robin Jessome

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Steve Hagedorn


Rhythm Section

Andy Mac

Andy Macpherson

Drums

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Greg Prior

Bass

jef daniels

Jeff Daniels

Piano

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Lukas Bouda

guitar


Friends of the band

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Ambrosia Corner Bakery

CDs can be bought here!

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Andriy Tykhonov

Piano, keyboard

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Bruce Gordon

Composer & arranger

Chris-Alcantara

Chris Alcantara

Trumpet

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David Cheon

guitar

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Derek Hines

vocalist

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Don Thompson

vibes, writer and arranger

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Greg Dozois

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Hepcat Swing

Dancers and Instructors

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John MacLeod

guest trumpet, arranger and writer

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Joni NehRita

vocalist

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Keith Bilinsky

trombone

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Mary Catherine McNinch-Pazzano

vocalist

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Michael Occhipinti

guitar, composer, arranger

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Randy Light

vocalist

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Rebecca Binnendyk

vocalist

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Ron Schirm

Trombone

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Ryan Cassidy

Tenor sax

Stephen-Zurakowsky

Stephen Zurakowsky

Guitar

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Steve McDade

trumpet

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Tim Louis

vocalist, piano

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Upcoming Shows

2019

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