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Band Concert On the Common Events Starting June 6

The Townsend Military Band will open its 2024 Thursday evening concert series on the Townsend Common on June 6th.   Weather permitting, the band will play a concert on the Common each Thursday between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. through at least August 8th.   The Townsend Military Band is managed by Betty Mae Tenney of Townsend and conducted by Thomas Souza of Chelmsford.   Mr. Souza is the Brandeis University Wind Ensemble Director and the Band Director at the Fairgrounds Middle School in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Mr. 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 hosted by local organizations, which always feature food and often include activities for children and other assorted tables, are held in conjunction with these concerts.  Currently, there are two concerts in July and August without a lawn party sponsor.  Any local organization interested in sponsoring a lawn party should contact Band Concert Coordinator Betty Mae Tenney.

Area residents of all ages are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets to the Townsend Common on Thursday evening so they may sit and enjoy the good music and the company of friends and neighbors as well as the variety of food and beverages which will be offered for sale.

***The Townsend Congregational Church will host the lawn party at the Townsend Military Band’s Thursday, June 13th, concert on the Townsend Common.   Church members will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausages with or without peppers and onions, and chips to hungry concertgoers.  Fresh fruit cups, fried dough, popcorn, and cold soda and bottled water will also be available for purchase.

There will be a wide variety of homemade cookies, breads, cakes, pies, and candies to enjoy during the concert or to take home.

A few games of interest to children will be set up on the Common that evening.

The Townsend Military Band will open its evening program at 7:30 by playing Duble's “Bravura March” and the “Instant Concert” by Walters.  “Hooked on a Feeling” by James, Bigelow's “Our Director', and “Highlights from Camelot” by Lerner and Loewe will be performed.  The “Poet and the Peasant Overture” by von Suppe and Alford's “Colonel Bogey March” will be included in the first portion of the program.

The “Hoch Heidecksburg Marsch” by Herzer and Anderson's “Blue Tango” will be played following intermission.  Hazo's “Mountain Thyme”, “The Liberty Bell March” by Sousa, and “Toccata for Band” by Erickson will be included in the second portion of the concert.  “Amparito Roca” by Texidor will be performed before the Townsend Band concludes its concert at 9:30 by playing the “Star Spangled Banner”.

***Townsend Scouts will host the lawn party at the Townsend Military Band's Thursday, June 20th, concert on the Townsend Common.

       Boy Scout Troop #10 will be offering hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, and cold bottled water for a recommended donation to those attending the concert until the food runs out.

       The Townsend Military Band will open its concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing Duble's “Bravura March” and “September” by McCay, White, and Wilis.  “Pixie Movie Magic” arranged by Brown, Sousa's “Semper Fidelis March”, and “Air for Band” by Erickson will be performed.  The “Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel” arranged by Burden and Goldman's “Chimes of Liberty March” will be included in the first portion of the program.

       Following intermission “The Maine Festival March” by Hall and “California Dreamin'/Monday/Monday” by Holcombe will be played.  Leemans' “March of the Belgian Parachutists”, the “Second Suite for Band” by Holst, and Lithgow's “Invercargill March” will be performed before the band concludes its concert at 9:30 by playing the “Star Spangled Banner”.