Three young brothers in Matthews are combining their musical talents to help their family grow.
Nathan Amick, 11, who plays the keyboard; Caleb, 9, who plays guitar; and Eli, 7, who plays bass, have formed their own band with their father, Jeremy, on drums.
The amickADVENTUREband! will present a fundraising concert 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the William R. Davie Center, an indoor shelter at William R. Davie Park in Charlotte. The event is free and open to the public.
Donations will be accepted to assist with the Amick family’s adoption of a 3-year-old girl with special needs who currently is being cared for in an orphanage in China.
Jeremy and Angela Amick plan to travel to China in May or June to finalize the adoption and bring home the girl they call “Baby Jean.”
“Angela and I, we’ve been married for 15 years, and we actually talked about adoption even before we were married, as a possibility,” said Jeremy, 41, the adult pastor at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews.
“We’ve talked to our boys a lot about adoption, and they have lots of friends that are adopted,” said Angela, 38. “So they understand that concept.”
Nathan had been praying for a sister, Angela Amick said.
“It’s going to be a big responsibility,” Nathan said, sounding every bit like a big brother.
“I’ve never had any experience with a sister,” Caleb said.
In addition to their three boys in the band, the Amicks also care for a 2-year-old foster son who lives with them.
Angela Amick said she is active in a women’s ministry at Carmel Baptist for adoptive parents. The program offers guest speakers and fellowship.
“That’s been a huge preparation for me, just getting to know other families in the area that have adopted,” she said.
America World Adoption, which according to its website is an international Christian adoption agency, is handling the Amicks’ adoption in China.
For the upcoming concert, Nathan, Caleb, Eli and their father have turned the family’s den into a makeshift rehearsal studio, where they recently put on a vibrant, impromptu show for a visitor.
Jeremy Amick said he is well-prepared to play a supporting role; he was in school bands for years, and he earned a music degree from Wingate University.
Caleb said the band got its start playing at nursing homes. Once they got better, they decided to put on the fundraising concert, he said.
The upcoming one-hour performance will consist of 10 hymns and contemporary Christian songs.
Nathan said he wants to learn to play every instrument that his father knows how to play.
When asked if he was nervous about performing in front of a crowd, Eli, the youngest band member, gave a grin and nodded.
“After you get used to it, then it’s fun to play,” he said.