Patrick Jia, 16, is a sophomore bassoonist at Kingwood High School under the direction of Tyler Morrison. He has been playing bassoon since sixth grade and is currently taking lessons from James Roberson. Patrick has earned placement in the TMEA Region 33 band/orchestra since eighth grade, and plans to qualify for All-State throughout his high school music career. He has also received superior ratings in the UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest throughout middle/high school. Recently, he qualified for Area Band by placing second chair in the TMEA Region 33 Orchestra auditions. Besides playing bassoon, Patrick has run a couple of half- marathons and is currently training for one in the winter. He also enjoys occasional visits to New Mexico to go skiing with his two older brothers. With the Virtuosi of Houston as his first youth orchestra, Patrick is thrilled to have the opportunity to play with other talented musicians.