Special Jazz Festival Events – Big Band Theory (late night) and Youth Jazz (early evening)

July 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 7:15 pm
$10 General Admission

Big Band Theory

1) BIG BAND THEORY (Late Night Show) 10:30-1:00AM

This is a post main-stage show with doors opening at 9:45 and show start at 10:30. General admission is $10 and this event is not included with your Jazz Room pass.

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.

The band’s music ranges from the danceable swing music of Benny Goodman’s orchestra and Sammy Nestico to Jazz Rock of the 1970s 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.

Music Director – Robin Habermehl


Ken Hadley Flute, soprano & alto sax

Mark Laver Soprano & alto sax

Robin Habermehl soprano, alto & tenor sax, vocals

Ryan Cassidy Tenor sax

Taylor Ellingham Baritone sax

Tim Moher Alto sax



Bruce Gordon Trumpet

Chris Alcantara Trumpet

Kevin Kalbfleisch Trumpet

Randy Brown Trumpet

Rob Gellner Trumpet

Paul Ellingham Bass Trombone

Robin Jessome Trombone

Ron Schirm Trombone

Steve Hagedorn Trombone



Andriy Tykhonov Piano

Andy Macpherson Drums

Greg Prior Bass

Stephen Zurakowsky Guitar


2) YOUTH JAZZ (early evening shows) 7:00-9:00PM

The killer youth in our community are showcasing their talent Friday night with a performance at 7:00 and a jam session at 8:00.  Come hear these up-and-comers show us how it’s done!