Wayne High band surprises teacher battling cancer

The Wayne High School band surprised a special fan with a performance unlike most. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)
The Wayne High School band surprised a special fan with a performance unlike most. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — Marching bands generally perform for large audiences; however, it was a concert for one that might have been the most special for the Wayne High School band.

Kirsten Showers, the school’s Director of Bands, says Wayne High School has a very special fan.

“You know this is someone who loves the band and everytime we get up there she directs even if she doesn’t entirely know what we’re doing.”

That fan, Lorraine Perna, teaches business at Wayne, but you could find her outside the classroom, too.

“She does a little bit of everything.”

“Mrs. Perna is a really big part of our school. She always does send offs for all of our sports teams,” Courtney Silence, field commander for the band said.

Which is why when Mrs. Perna was diagnosed with cancer–the band had a plan.

“We felt that as Mrs. Perna was going off to her chemotherapy at Ohio State that she deserved a send-off as well.”

“This is something that really would boost her up for the journey she’s about to go on.”

Perna hasn’t been able to listen to the Wayne Band since being diagnosed.

At more than 100 members–the band marched off their practice field, and into another.

“We actually walked into a field behind her house to sneak in front of her house.”

Huber Heights Police blocked the road into the neighborhood while the band got into formation.

“Yeah, she was very surprised. She had no idea that it was going to happen.”

The band played three songs for Perna — one of which was the school’s fight song.

She watched, as she begins to fight another battle.

“The whole atmosphere was really positive. Everyone was just really happy to be there.”

A symbol for the Warrior spirit. A collective sound to lift her spirits.

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