KW Big Band Theory
Big Band classics and contemporary jazz in Kitchener/Waterloo!
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 7th 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!”
Check out two early samples of Christmas music that will one day be available on CD.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlement
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.
Getting this 17-member group together for rehearsals and concerts is not an easy task.
alto, bari, clarinet, flute
Flute, soprano & alto sax
Conductor, soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals
Friends of the band
Composer & arranger
Mary Catherine McNinch-Pazzano
Augmenting the trumpet section on Feb. 12
BBT is delighted to have trumpeter John MacLeod lead the band in an evening of John MacLeod compositions and arrangements. John is a Juno award winning musician hailing from Toronto and leads the Rex Hotel Orchestra, a band with the “who’s who” of the Toronto jazz scene. The band will be augmented by Steve McDade (Mantecca, Boss Brass, Rob McConnell Big Band… ) and Emma Wolfe on French Horn. The KW Big Band Theory will “blow the house down” with their new repetoire. BBT always sells out so come early and enjoy dinner at the Heuther.