TOWNSEND -- Music of special interest to children will be featured in the first portion of the Townsend Military Band's Thursday evening, July 18, concert on the Townsend Common.

The lawn party to be held in conjunction with the July 18 concert will benefit the North Middlesex Regional High School Project Graduation, which provides an all-night, alcohol and drug-free celebration for graduating seniors from Townsend, Pepperell and Ashby. It is a lock-down event that takes place at the high school on the night of the graduation ceremony. It enables the graduates to celebrate safely, while they enjoy nonstop entertainment, games, activities and food.

Project Graduation fundraising volunteers will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough and popcorn to hungry concert attendees. A variety of home-baked goods, cold soda and bottled water will be offered for sale.

Children attending the concert may try their luck at the Winnie-the-Pooh bean bag toss, lollipop tree, Wheel of Fortune and Sponge Bob games. They may also have their faces painted and play in a bouncy house set up on the common.

The Townsend Military Band will open its evening concert at 7:30 p.m. by playing a fanfare, "America," and "Country Wildflowers" by Daehn. "Six Little Songs," arranged by Myers, featuring "Baa! Baa! Black Sheep," "Mulberry Bush," "At Pierrot's Door," "Yankee Doodle," "Little Bo-Peep" and "Cock-a-Doodle-Dee" will be performed. "Dance of the Hours," by Ponchielli, "Peter and the Wolf," and "A Slippery Place" by Hacker will be played.

"On the Trail from the Grand Canyon Suite," arranged by Bennett, "Capriccio Espagnol," arranged by Williams, and "Instant Concert," arranged by Walters, will be performed. "Andrew Lloyd Webber: A Symphonic Portrait" arranged by Nowak, featuring "Superstar," "Don't cry for me, Argentina" and King Herod's Song" and "Memory" will be included in the first portion of the concert.

Following intermission, the band will play the "Saint Louis Blues March," by Handy, and Osterling's "Bandology," arranged by Hopper. The "Overture from Kismet," arranged by Beeler, Sousa's "Semper Fidelis March," and "America, the Beautiful," arranged by Cacavas, will be performed before the Townsend Military Band concludes its concert at 9:30 p.m. by playing the "Star Spangled Banner."