Jared Diks is 16 years old, and has been playing the French horn since he was 11. He attends Stephen F. Austin High School and is in the eleventh grade. In 2018, he had the honor of performing at the Midwest clinic in Chicago with the Austin High School full orchestra. Individually, he has consistently qualified for the high school All-Region band and orchestra twice each, placing first chair in both in his sophomore year, and went on to qualify for and participate in the 2019 All-State band, where he earned the title of highest ranked sophomore in Texas. His current and past private teachers are Michael Woodard, Matthew Baldridge, and Jamie Leff. Directing his school band are Ryan Demkovich and Logan Nagai, with Ann Victor directing his orchestra. He enjoys playing hockey and hanging out with his friends.