My name is Tyler Landers. I am 13 years old and in the 7th grade. In 2021, at the age of 11, I joined the Pinckneyville Middle School band. I did not initially seek out the tuba, but my band director, Mr. Roland Ventura, immediately knew the tuba was the perfect instrument for me. It was Mr. Ventura that referred me to apply and audition for the ASO Talent Development Program. I got accepted into the program in summer 2022. Mr. Michael Moore is my TDP instructor and has been developing my knowledge base of music and skills with the tuba. I am very grateful for this opportunity that I have with him as I believe it played a role in my audition and placement as first chair in the GMEA Middle School All-State Band, and second chair in the GMEA District 13 Band. I do not currently participate in any ensembles, but I do plan on auditioning for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for this coming season. I live in Peachtree Corners with my mom, older brother, and our two chihuahuas. When I’m not listening to classical music on Youtube, or spending time with my family, I enjoy trying new dinner recipes, and gardening. I also have interest in accounting because I really enjoy math, and I believe I would enjoy working in the accounting field. After I graduate from TDP, I wish to attend college at the Juilliard School in New York. TDP has opened many new opportunities for me and I am very appreciative of all the people who made this happen for my fellow TDP peers and me.