STRUT: brings together the budding guitar programs in Minneapolis Public Schools and beyond, providing a world-class showcase for the confident, engaged students they nurture. Styled after the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, TX, STRUT: celebrates and elevates student guitar performers in grades 5-12 at an all-day event that includes:

  • Battle of the Bands
  • Hands-on workshops with local professionals
  • “Main Stage” Evening Finale Concert Including 100+ Member Guitar Orchestra, Battle of the Bands Winners, and Celebrity Guests

In 2016, over 100 students from Field Middle School, Lake Harriet Upper Campus, Southwest High School, Washburn High School and Collège Louis-Riel from Winnipeg will participated in STRUT: Guitar Festival. As it evolves, STRUT: will reach out across communities and schools to become a state-wide event with even more students, performances, relationships, fun and career-building opportunities, giving this unique opportunity to as many students as possible.

STRUT: provides an opportunity for you to be involved in this grassroots festival. STRUT: is a non-profit creation of a group of guitar teachers in Minneapolis Public Schools, and relies on private funding.