To the tune of “On for Carroll,” “Push It” and “Sweet Caroline,” the Carroll High School band brought cheer to the St. Anthony Regional Hospital Cancer Center. Thirty-six players out of the 44-member band directed by Jennifer Swope visited the Cancer Center on Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, as one of the school’s homecoming week activities.
Lori Pietig, director of cancer services at St. Anthony, extended the invitation to the band, and Swope said, “We are thankful for any opportunity to perform in public, and this just seemed like an incredible way to share the homecoming cheer.”
She added, “I believe this was a great experience for the students. I hope they learned the importance of taking time out of their day to support others in challenging times.
“We plan to make this an annual homecoming week event and hope to include other CHS students in the future.”
Cheri Theulen, RN, BSN, OCN, clinical supervisor at the Cancer Center, said, “Today the St. Anthony Cancer Center got to experience the Carroll High School marching band. Patients commented on how wonderful it was to see and hear the band and how much they appreciated the distraction from their treatments. Hearing ‘Sweet Caroline’ got feet stomping and hands clapping. It was a fun and uplifting experience. Thank you to the Carroll High School band.”
Senior trumpet player Caleb Henderson commented, “It was a good thing to go and play for the patients there, and hopefully they enjoyed what they could hear. It was a good experience to do something nice for others, even during our busy homecoming.”