Serge Filiatreault

Born in Montréal, Serge started playing the trombone at age 13 in high school, many years before deciding to switch to bass trombone – a decision he doesn’t regret.  In 1982, his studies took him to McGill University and the renowned Montreal Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist Ted Griffith – a fantastic teacher and father figure to a lot of his students.

In April 1983, Serge successfully auditioned for the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Durban South Africa.  Armed with a one-year contract, he said “Adios, muchachos!” and went to live his dream and the adventure.  The dream was so real, and the adventure so good, that he stayed there for 20 years!

Serge and his family call Ottawa home since 2003, and he currently teaches music full-time at École secondaire du Versant in Gatineau.  Serge is also the bass trombonist with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, teaches trombone at École publique de LaSalle, and is the Outaouais region representative for the Twigg Musique store of Montreal.