PIQUA — They may not have a record deal, but they’re bigger than the Jackson 5, the Partridge Family and even the Osmonds — at least in terms of numbers.
They range from small fry to seniors, representing three generations that includes a sibling group of 14.
A dozen of those brothers and sisters will be among the members of the Jacomet family gathering at 7 p.m. Saturday to present a musical concert in the Hartzell Performing Arts Center at Piqua High School.
The family will treat the audience to an evening of singing, comedy and more, in support of Adam Jacomet, a contestant in this year’s Dancing with the Piqua Stars. Tickets are $10, with proceeds going to Piqua Arts Council, which offers the annual dance competition. Youth will be admitted free of charge.
“Never, ever have I danced before; I’m more of a performer, but this is such a great, great cause,” said Adam Jacomet. “Most of my family is very musically talented, so we decided to have a coming-home concert featuring first, second and third generation singers.”
Calling music his “passion in life,” Adam easily recalls his first public performance: “The Sound of Music” when he was in the fifth grade. He’s also an alum of Piqua High School’s show choir, an original member of Music Warehouse and a past member of the Piqua Players. His long history of singing is rooted in church, most recently at the Abundant Life Baptist Church in Piqua.
A proud father of three, Adam fairly gushed when speaking of his 14-year-old daughter Audrey’s appearance in the upcoming show. “I’m really excited for her. This is kind of her big moment,” he said.
It’s not a cliche to say that music is in Adam’s blood, as his Uncle Pat was a long-time touring member of the popular doo-wop revue, “Shboom.” The rock ‘n’ roll oldies show showcased such greats as the Coasters and the Drifters, among other artists of the period.
“I did that for about 17 years; it was an especially prized time of my life, one I’ll never, ever forget and certainly never regret,” said Pat Jacomet, the sixth of the 14 sibs and producer of Saturday night’s event.
“I did it kind of backward,” he said with a chuckle. “Most people do the band and music endeavors in the early part of their lives, then settle into their careers. I was settled into my career and was in about my late 30’s when I quit my job and went on the road full-time.”
Pat said he’s “extremely excited” about the concert — for one, because he hopes to it will draw some “Shboom” fans and Jacomet friends to support a worthy cause: the arts — and also because it’s been quite some time since so many of his siblings were together, and it will be the first time this many has performed as a group.
“We did a houseboat trip a few years ago where, for the very first time, all 14 of us were together for three days in Norris Lake, Tenn., but as far as all of us being together to sing like this, this is a first,” he said.
Christine Jacomet-Price — younger sister of Pat and aunt to Adam — recalled watching “The Lawrence Welk Show” as children with their parents, Paul and Helen, to whom Saturday’s performance is dedicated.
“We would all sing and dance and have fun,” she said, adding that whenever the large family reunites, it’s like they’ve scarcely been apart. “I’m really looking forward to this night. It will be fun.”
Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341.
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