François Godère is originally from Sherbrooke, Québec. A background in his church choir as a singer, an organist and a conductor provided the fertile ground in which his love for music has flourished. Studies in modern trombone followed at McGill University, in Montréal. He has held jobs with the Victoria Symphony (B.C.), the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic (Durban, South Africa) and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). François can be heard on several MPO recordings, most notably for his solo work on Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter and Scheherazade. A multi-faceted musician, his pursuits include jazz trombone, orchestral and baroque music. He has also spent three years teaching trombone for Sistema New Brunswick before coming to Winnipeg and the joining the RCAF Band in 2014.
Musical proficiency includes:
- Playing alto, tenor and bass trombone
- Tenor tuba, bass trumpet
- Teacher, group workshops and private lessons