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!”

 

Check out two early samples of Christmas music that will be available on CD Christmas, 2018.

Sleigh Ride

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

 

Big Band Theory is partnering with Hepcat Swing “a 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.

 

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 calrinet

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Robin Habermehl

Conductor, soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals

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Taylor Ellingham

Baritone sax

tim-moher

Tim Moher

tenor sax


Trumpet

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Alan Ralston

trumpet

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Kevin Kalbfleisch

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Randy Brown

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Rob Gellner


Trombone

katherine-scobie

Kathryn 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

jef daniels

Jeff Daniels

Piano

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Lukas Bouda

guitar


Friends of the band

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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

Derek-Hines

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

keith bilinsky

Keith Bilinsky

trombone

mary catherine

Mary Catherine McNinch-Pazzano

vocalist

randy lyghht

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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Upcoming Shows

2018

Sep 29, 7:30

BBT and the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

cost: Pay As You Can
Knox Galt Presbyterian Church  2 Grand Avenue South, Cambridge  
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What a treat this will be! The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sabatino Vacca is collaborating with KW Big Band Theory for an evening of Sinatra and Buble tunes sung by Derek Hines. Details to be posted soon.

Oct 28, 3:00

First United hosts first Jazz Series

First United Church, Waterloo  
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Big Band Theory is pleased to be kicking off a new Jazz Series at First United Church in Waterloo. The First United community has a long history of presenting noon-hour concerts. This year they are adding jazz to some of their Sunday afternoons. BBT will be presenting a wide selection of tunes from their repertoire and featuring Derek Hines and Nathan Martin on vocals.

Nov 8

Swing Dance in London Ontario

cost: private
Dec 1, 8:00toDec 2, 3:00

BBT Big Band Christmas

cost: tba
Registry Theatre  
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The Big Band Christmas “Books for Kids” fund-raiser has become an annual (sold out) event. This year, we will be releasing our new Christmas CD featuring excerpts from our last few Christmas shows and produced by Rick Hutt. Our special guest will be Tim Louis and we look forward to sharing this music and time with you!

Two samples:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Sleighride

Dec 8, 8:00 - 12:00

Private event

photo credit: Bob Doran

Ever considered swing dancing to make your reception very memorable?

BBT combines swing music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s with dance lessons in partnership with local swing dance instructors to make your event lots of fun! Contact us using the contact space form below for prices and availability.

 

Photo Credit: Bob Doran, Creative Commons

2019

Feb 16, 7:00 - 10:30

Cameron Heights Swing Dance

cost: tba
Cameron Heights Collegiate  

Sponsored by the Cameron Music Support Association, this annual event raised money to support the music program at Cameron Heights Collegiate. A good time is to be had for all ages and is open to the public.

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