Dean Petrie is a native of Galesburg and has played the tuba for over 45 years. He retired earlier this year from the Galesburg school district as its fine arts coordinator as well as the director of bands at Galesburg High School. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in music education from the University of Illinois where he was a tuba student of Daniel Perantoni and Fritz Kaenzig.

Currently, Mr. Petrie is an active musician in the area including being the principal tuba of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony. He is also an adjunct faculty member and lecturer in music at Knox College where he teaches instrumental music methods and conducting, and directs the Knox Chamber Brass.

Mr. Petrie resides in Galesburg with his wife, Dawn, and their two sons, Cole and Cade.