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 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.

Sleigh Ride

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlement

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. Take a look at how busy, talented and involved they all are!!


Saxophone

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Ken Foster

tenor saxophone

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Ken Hadley

Flute, soprano & alto sax

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Robin Habermehl

Conductor, soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals

taylor-ellingham

Taylor Ellingham

Baritone sax

tim-moher

Tim Moher

Alto sax


Trumpet

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Greg Dozois

Kevin-Kalbfleisch

Kevin Kalbfleisch

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Randy Brown

rob-gellner

Rob Gellner


Trombone

katherine-scobie

Kathryn Scobie

paul-ellingham

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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David Cheon

guitar

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Greg Prior

Bass

jef daniels

Jeff Daniels

Piano


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

Derek-Hines

Derek Hines

vocalist

joni nehrita

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

steve mcdade

Steve McDade

Augmenting the trumpet section on Feb. 12

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Upcoming Shows

2018

Feb 24, 7:30

Derek Hines with KW Big Band Theory

cost: $25 adults $20 seniors, students
Dublin St. United Church  68 Suffolk Street West, Guelph  map
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Como on out to Dublin St. United Church in Guelph to hear Derek Hines and KW Big Band Theory playing his newly released record “The Long Journey Home”.
Here’s a sample of Derek’s work.
Mar 9, 8:30

The Jazz Room Presents: Derek Hines and Big Band Theory

cost: $20
The Jazz Room  Heuther Hotel  map
Derek-Hines

Derek Hines has invited BBT to back him up for 2 sets of great crooner tunes (Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. ) plus one special set dedicated to his mother, playing his newly released Gospel CD “The Long Journey Home”.

From Derek’s recording, the classic song “Wade in the Water”.

Apr 27, 8:30

The Jazz Room Presents: BBT

The Jazz Room  Heuther Hotel  map
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Spanning the great dance tunes of the 50s through the power horn tunes of the 70s and 80s and the contemporary arrangements of LA’s Big Phat Band, KW Big Band Theory will “blow the house down” with three great sets. The show always sells out! Heck, with 17 people in the band plus their friends and family, the room will be packed.

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