Members of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church might be praying for sunshine this week.

The Nebraska Wind Symphony is having a concert at the church near 120th and Pacific Streets on Sunday, and it’s scheduled to be outside. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for the 6 p.m. event. If it rains, it will be at the Mainelli Center inside the church.

Either way, listeners are in for a treat, but there’s something especially appealing about an outdoor concert in the summer.

The 80-piece community band, directed by Larry MacTaggart, will perform “Semper Fidelis” and “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,” both by John Philip Sousa, and traditional band pieces such as “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, among other selections.

In addition, vocal soloist Drew Neneman will sing “Danny Boy” from “Irish Songs” by Robert W. Smith.

The Swingtones, an 18-member jazz band directed by Brian Lund, also will play at the beginning of the night. They will perform classics of the Big Band Era — think “In the Mood” and “I’ll Never Smile Again” — by such artists as Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman.

The concert is free. To learn more, go to

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