Story and photo by Michelle Patrick
Image Details: Tim Peterson rehearses in his basement studio. He recently released a CD titled "The Day I Was Born."
Name: Tim Peterson
Sturgis resident for: 20 years in Sturgis, plus eight in Colon.
Profession: Teacher, currently physical education at Wenzel Elementary.
Family: Wife, Kam, is a teacher; daughter Lydia graduated from Grand Valley State; son Avery is a student at University of Michigan.
Education: Bachelor of Science in education and master of arts in geography, Western Michigan University.
Hobbies: In addition to music, birdwatching, travel, photography, gardening and tennis.
Community involvement, past and present: Was active with Sturgis Exchange Club and Friends of the St. Joe River for several years.
Worked at the conservation district for seven years, 2-1/2 years at Sturgis Council of the Arts. Established the first Heritage Water Trail in the state in St. Joseph County. Supports community efforts in various developing countries.
Tim Peterson of Sturgis has been making music since he was a boy. He recently took his talent to the next level, recording a CD titled, "The Day I Was Born." We invited Peterson to talk about the release and music in general.How did you get your start in music? I collected toy musical instruments as a little kid, and starting in fourth grade played sax in the school band. My parents were very supportive, and the music teachers I had throughout my schooling were very encouraging, especially my high school jazz band director. I eventually wound up playing in clubs in college and picked up the guitar while in the Peace Corps.