Brian Beard, Conductor
Brian graduated from Teachers College then attended Waterloo Lutheran University to obtain his Bachelor or 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 head of the Music Department at North Park Collegiate, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.
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.
Brian is also a proficient choral director, vocalist and church organist.
Brian Gardiner, Assistant Conductor
Brian Gardiner grew up in Hanover, Ontario. He graduated from University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree in Education. The next year he graduated with a Bachelor of Education and began his teaching career. Brian retired in 2012 as the music teacher and head of the Arts Department at North Park Collegiate in Brantford. Brian is also an accomplished Clarinet player.
The Galt Kiltie Band is a community band located in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.
In July 1902, a marching and concert band in Waterloo County came into being. Initially named the "Galt Band", it soon decided to adopt the distinctive red and green uniform of the 1895 Black Watch Highlanders. This new look brought a new name as well -- "The Galt Kiltie Band" -- and well over 100 years later, the close-knit group of musicians has entertained the crowds all across Southern Ontario.
The Kilties no longer march on parade or wear the Black Watch traditional uniform, we have evolved into a Community Concert Band. Our concerts consist of repertoire ranging from Show Tunes, Big Band Selections, Classical, Folk Music, Christmas Music, Contemporary Pops, Overtures and a vast selection of Marches.
The Kilties provide music in the community and an opportunity for local musicians to play together in a quality band. They play summer concerts in the parks, at senior’s homes, appear at shopping centres and yearly memorial serves for Naval and Army Veterans. The band also challenges themselves at Kiwanis competitions during the year.
Players of all ages make up the membership of the band. High school students, seasoned veterans from military backgrounds, adults, and seniors all combine to create great music! We rehearse Tuesday evenings 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Galt Legion Hall, Branch 121, 4 Veteran's Way, Cambridge