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 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!”
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. Take a look at how busy, talented and involved they all are!!
Flute, soprano & alto sax
Conductor, soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals
Composer & arranger
Friends of the band
Mary Catherine McNinch-Pazzano
Augmenting the trumpet section on Feb. 12
Two worlds collided in Kyengera, Uganda in 2012 as the auditorium doors at the Cambridge Secondary School in burst open, showcasing the Suubi Fusion Troupe. This was unlike anything visiting Canadian journalist, Valerie Hill, had ever experienced . For a moment Valerie forgot where she was, she forgot that she had been feeling ill, and she forgot the heat and poverty surrounding her. The sound of the percussion, and the young voices that were so full of energy and life were mesmerizing. At that very moment the lives of everyone in the school changed.
Back in Canada Valerie approached her friends and asked for help bringing the kids of Suubi to Canada for a music tour to raise funds for the school. In May of 2013, Valerie’s newly formed team had successfully brought the first group of Suubi kids to Canada to perform. Because of the tremendous success of the first tour, Dream for Uganda was established as a non-profit organization.