Brian Beard, Conductor
Brian graduated from teachers college and then went on to Waterloo Lutheran
University to obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree in music. He began his
teaching career at the School for the Blind in Brantford. He taught music at
Waterford District High School and later became the head of the music department
at North Park Collegiate, a position he held until his retirement from teaching
Over the course of his career, Brian has been affiliated with many musical
groups including the Brantford Memorial Concert Band, which he conducted for
over 20 years. He was a member of the Brant County Teacher’s Choir, the Brant
Choral and Orchestral Society, the St. James Gilbert and Sullivan Society and
the Brant Men of Song.
Gord Cupskey, Assistant Conductor
Gord Cupskey has been a full time member of the Galt Kiltie Band (GKB) since
joining as a 10 year old trumpeter in 1979. Living all his life here in
Cambridge, Gord is a graduate of Galt Collegiate Institute. Although excelling
at music through the years, he decided to follow in his Grandfathers footsteps
and pursue an education in Carpentry. His flair for “hands on” work has since
lead him into the locksmith business. He has held many committee positions
including 7 years as our President.
Gord continues to pursue musical interests
by playing and instructing in other groups as well. He is a Music Director with
the Preston Scout House Alumni Band, and also has his own group, the Silver
Leaves Brass Ensemble.
In 2009 Gord expressed an interest in conducting the
Kilties, and, with the support of the board, began training as a conductor. He
was offered (and accepted) the position of Assistant Band Master in 2010.