Hi, I am Zhaowei Qu, a 16 year old tuba player in eleventh grade at Cupertino High School in California. I touched a tuba for the first time in sixth grade beginning band and was hooked for life instantly. I earned the first chair position in numerous honor bands including California All-State Middle School Concert Band 2019, Santa Clara County Honor Band 2020, and California All-State High School Concert Band 2020. I was the principal tuba at Golden State Youth Orchestra 2020-2021; I am the principal tuba at California Youth Symphony 2021-2022. Despite the challenges of being an orchestral musician during COVID-19 lockdown and shelter in place, I continued to enter selective and prestigious events like the International Tuba and Euphonium Festival 2020 and the Leonard Falcone International Euphonium and Tuba Festival 2021. In addition, I took part in the virtual Santa Clara County Honor Band 2021 and California All-State Concert Band 2021. My teacher is Tony Clements; Peter Wahrhaftig and Jonathan Hsu taught me in the past.