Although his teaching career is coming to an end,
the life-long lessons and memories his students have
created over the years will live on for many more
News 8's Brittany Schmidt introduces us to this month's
Top Notch Teacher
67 here we go, one and three and one and two and three.
Deedee dee dee dee.
This is my sixteenth year here, it's actually my 38th
year of teaching.
From annual band concerts...to parades...to the national
Strutt and his students have truly done it all
Our kids have been to the outback bowl a couple of
times which is a national comeptition.
They've competed as a concert band in New York City
for the Heritage Music Festival and won grand championship
there as well.
However, performing on a local stage is one of Strutt's
DAWSON --Especially the community service events like
operation homefront, we've done a lot of things for
them, the freedom honor flights our kids really enjoy.
He brings community service and giving back to us
and we can do that for the community and that is awesome.
With a variety of opportunities for students, somehow
Strutt still finds time to teach the most basic of
He's taught me patience and that is key for my position
and that is what I've learned from him the most.
It's bum bum bum, claps, we need to hear all of that.
It's always a neat moment when a former student will
write and say 'Hey Mr.
Strutt, you will never guess what I am doing or what's
But Strutt says that is all part of being in a band
They have a high interest because they gave so much
time and passion to it, I don't think that ever leaves
you, it's a great connection.
Strutt has decided to retire this year
Kind of biter sweet.
but you can bet...that wonderful music connection
-- NAT --Singing with music.
-- will never leave him either.
I've had a great great time, I've enjoyed my time
as a music educator, as I've said I've had great kids,
great parents and great communities to support programs.
Two, three ,four, da da da dut dadada...good.