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 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.
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.
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
alto sax, flute and calrinet
Conductor, soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals
Friends of the band
Composer & arranger
vibes, writer and arranger
Dancers and Instructors
guest trumpet, arranger and writer
Mary Catherine McNinch-Pazzano
BBT with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and Derek Hines
Concert Photo by Chantal Bresse September 29, 2018
Rehearsal Photo by Paul Ellingham September 23, 2018
BBT at the Belmon Village Bestical, 2018
Photos by Susie Fowler, September 15, 2018
Big Band Christmas at the Registry Theatre, 2016
Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival
July 19, 2014. With special guest Don Thompson!
Photos by Thomas Grandin.
Photos by Jeannine Barkhouse
Photos by Roy Barkhouse
Live at The Jazz Room
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.
Swing Dance in London Ontariocost: private
BBT Big Band Christmascost: tba
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!
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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
Cameron Heights Swing Dancecost: tba
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.