STRUT: Guitar Festival is a celebration and showcase of the growing guitar education programs in public schools and beyond. Our mission is building confident musicians, one guitarist at a time. We believe in the power of music to give students a voice and a purpose that will make positive change in the world. Through guitar, students learn and practice competence, commitment, dedication, persistence, individual, small and large group work skills that will enable them to thrive in any setting and apply these concepts in life for the betterment of humanity.

Ruth LeMay, Director of Guitar Education at SWHS and STRUT: Founder, talks STRUT: and Guitar Education.



ruth lemay

Ruth is the Director of the Guitar Education Program at Southwest High School in Minneapolis.


Jen Cuff

Jen is the Director of the Guitar and Choir programs at Lake Harriet Community School's Upper Campus in Minneapolis.


CHase D. burkhart

Chase is the Choir & Guitar Director at Field Community School in Minneapolis. 

Contributing directors:

David Ritsema: Music Teacher at Washburn High School in Minneapolis.

Dick Danaher: Band Director at Annunciation Catholic School in Minneapolis.