TOWNSEND -- The Townsend Military Band will open its 2018 Thursday evening concert series on the Townsend Common on June 7. Weather permitting, the band will play a concert from the bandstand on the Common each Thursday between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. through at least Aug. 9.

The Townsend Military Band is managed by Betty Mae Tenney of Townsend and conducted by Thomas Souza of Chelmsford. Souza is the Brandeis University Wind Ensemble Director, the Nashua, NH, Public School system K-12 Music Department Coordinator, and the band director at the Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua. Souza plans to feature well-known show tunes, marches, patriotic music, and children's music in the Townsend Military Band's Thursday evening concerts.

The concerts are funded by the town of Townsend. Lawn parties are hosted by local organizations which feature food, activities for children, and other assorted tables are held in conjunction with these concerts. Area residents of all ages are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to the Townsend Common on Thursday evenings so they may sit and enjoy the good music and the company of friends and neighbors.

Townsend Scout groups will host the lawn party at the June 7 concert. Boy Scout Troop #10 will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, baked goods, cold soda, and hot coffee. Boy Scout Troop #81 will be offering fried dough, French fries, and popcorn for sale. Both Boy Scout Troops will be selling cold bottled water.


Cub Pack #11 will have several games set up on the common for the enjoyment of children at the concert.

Townsend Girl Scouts will have a large selection of Girl Scout cookies and beverages to enjoy with them available for purchase.

The Townsend Military Band will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing the "The New Colonial March" by Hall and "The Lion King" arranged by Higgins. "Selections from Fiddler On The Roof" by Bock, Glover's arrangement of "Zacatecas," and "Hollywood Milestones" will be performed. The "Peer Gynt Suite No.1" arranged by Tobani and Laurendeau's arrangement of the "Invercargill March" will be played during the first portion of the concert.

The "Hall of Fame March" arranged by Allen and the "Bacharach and David Melody No. 1" will be played following intermission. The "English Folk Song Suite" by Vaughn Williams will be among the selections offered before the Townsend Military Band concludes its concert at 9:30 by playing the "Star Spangled Banner."