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New sidewalks have been installed at the Townsend town common. JACOB VITALI/LOWELL SUN
New sidewalks have been installed at the Townsend town common. JACOB VITALI/LOWELL SUN

TOWNSEND — The Townsend Military Band will open its 2021 Thursday evening concert series on the Townsend Common on July 8.

Weather permitting, the band will play a concert from the band stand on the common each Thursday between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. through at least Aug. 12. 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 head of the Nashua, New Hampshire, Public School system Music Department, and the Band Director at the Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua. He plans to feature well-known show tunes, marches, patriotic music, and children’s music in the Townsend Military Band’s Thursday evening performances.

The concerts are funded by the town of Townsend. Lawn parties hosted by local organizations which feature food, activities for children, and other assorted tables are held in conjunction with these concerts. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to the Common and enjoy the good music and the company of friends and neighbors as well as the variety of food and beverages for sale.

The Townsend Community Couples Club will host the lawn party at this year’s inaugural performance. Couples Club members will offer concertgoers hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausages with peppers and onions. Fried dough, chips, hot coffee, cold soda and bottled water will also be available for purchase. A wide selection of home baked goods will be offered as well.

The Townsend Community Couples Club is a nonprofit organization. The money raised is used to fund one or more projects for local organizations. In the past they have funded scholarships at North Middlesex Regional High School, Sunday hours at the Townsend Public Library Sunday, Stop the Bleed tourniquet kits, a new refrigerator for the West Townsend Reading Room, Welcome to Townsend signs, and the common’s flag and flagpole.

The Townsend Military Band will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing Bigelow’s “NC- 4 March” and the “Hootenanny Folk Festival For Band” by Walters. “Highlights from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” by Bricusse and Newley, “An Irving Berlin Salute” arranged by Jennings, and Lithgow’s “Invercargil March” will be performed. ”Just A Closer Walk With Thee” arranged by Gills, “Highlights from Jersey Boys” arranged by Brown, and Bidgood’s “Sons of the Brave” will be played during the first portion of the concert.

Meacham’s “American Patrol,” “Our America” arranged by Higgins, and “Cherish” by Decamp will be played following intermission. The “Armed Forces Tribute” arranged by Bulla and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever March” will be performed before the Townsend Military Band concludes its concert at 9:30 by playing the “Star Spangled Banner.

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