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.
Our musical interests include the danceable swing music of Benny Goodman’s orchestra and Sammy Nestico to Jazz Rock of the 1970’s right up to the extraordinary contemporary sound of the Big Phat Band of L.A. The Big Band Theory is an exciting band to listen to and hear live.
BBT rehearses at the Kitchener Waterloo Naval Association.
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
Augmenting the trumpet section on Feb. 12
KW Big Band Theory will be playing the great swing music of 1941 and the 40s, music popular when the United Way started in KW.