Gil Moore - Former Triumph drummer combines his passions for music and golf

By Rob Adduono (September 2008)
Readers of a certain vintage will recognize Gil Moore’s name as the drummer for one of Canada’s most successful rock bands of the 70’s …Triumph. Who knew that Gil’s other passion in life was playing golf? He was introduced to the game at a young age by the late Ben Kern. In the early 70’s Ben ran the back shop at Credit Valley Golf Club in Mississauga where Gil was caddying. The two struck up a friendship that continued right up until Ben’s untimely death in October of 2002. The months that followed Ben’s death proved to be a difficult time for Gil, as he lost a good friend who was also his mentor, coach and confidant. When asked who would be playing in his dream foursome, it wasn’t the usual names like Tiger, Jack Nicklaus or Ben Hogan. Gil’s dream foursome would consist of Ben Kern, legendary Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane, with whom he golf’s regularly, and an old friend, the late Harold Stafford.

Gil is a member of both Credit Valley Golf Club and The National Golf Club in Woodbridge. The busy father of three usually finds time to play once or twice a week and carries a respectable seven handicap. His strength on the golf course is his bunker play but his ability to focus through eighteen holes of golf is definitely his downfall.

Gil is the sole owner of Metalworks Studios, a business that was started as a sound and light company in 1977. Metalworks has since morphed into six busy recording studios under one roof, including a private school with 250 full time students learning the business of music, plus the original sound and lighting business. Gil is very passionate about Metalworks and loves coming into the office on a daily basis.

If that didn’t keep him busy enough, this year the original members of Triumph decided to reunite, after a 20 year hiatus. The idea of getting back together was spawned when Triumph was invited to play at “Sweden Rocks” an annual music festival in Sweden that promised to feature the band as one of its headliners. Discussions about a potential reunion were ignited when the guys got together during Triumph’s recent induction into the Canadian Music Industry’s Hall of Fame. Gil is quite emphatic that the reunion doesn’t mean Triumph will be hitting the road again with a full tour schedule. The band is taking a “let’s see how it goes” attitude before they commit to doing anything else.
Be it a husband, father, businessman, golfer or musician, Gil has led a full and interesting life to this point. Metalworks continues to be a busy, internationally recognized recording studio, while his sound and light company just completed one of its most successful seasons to date. Only time will tell whether Triumph will be going out on tour again. And he still enjoys his weekly round of golf with his buddies. Whatever the future holds for Gil, promises to be an exciting journey both on and off the golf course. Rock on!!!

Gil Moore

Age: 57

Memberships: Credit Valley Golf Club, The National Golf Club of Canada

Handicap: 7

Favourite Course: Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland

Courses on the Must Play Before I Die List: Augusta National, Pebble Beach

Dream Foursome: Ben Kern, legendary Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane (who is already a regular golfing partner) and an old friend, the late Harold Stafford.

Most memorable golf experience: One time Gil and Tom Cochrane were playing golf in a driving rainstorm with hurricane type winds at Turnberry Resort in Scotland. Despite the conditions, the two of them were committed to finishing their round, to the dismay of their caddies. It was a 3 iron that Gil pured on the 16th hole that he remembers most about the experience. A bullet of a shot that ripped through the wind and rain and landed on the green leaving him with a tap in birdie.

What would you change about the present state of golf? “I feel that the amount of research and development invested into equipment so that golfers are able to hit the ball further is out of control. I’d also like to see course architects and designers work with the land they’re given as opposed to moving thousands of tons of earth to sculpt a new course.
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