ABA Banking Journal - September 2014 - (Page 48)
When voice is instrumental to success
Lender loves to perform a cappella
Literally, a cappella, in Italian, means "in
the manner of the chapel." That is, without
instrumental accompaniment-simply the
voice. Often, in today's usage, a cappella
means not only human singing of lead and
background vocals, but also imitation of
instruments-even drums-with the voice.
That's the definition. In his younger
days, a cappella, to Jake Despain, meant
"the easiest way to sing around a college campus, and to sing for the ladies."
Despain, vice-president, real estate banking group, Zions Bank, and now married,
jokes about it, but music was in his blood.
His grandmother sang with the Mormon
He loves to perform and has sung in
some kind of performing group since age
5. While at the University of Utah, he performed with the school's own a cappella
singers and with a quartet, Upper Deck,
While banker Jake Despain is not quitting his day job, he and fellow Eclipse
that he formed. Thus, when Despain was
singers play several gigs a month with trademark energy and movement-even
performing at a Walmart holiday party (pictured)-and have cut seven albums.
asked to join a six-man a cappella group
called Eclipse in 2005, while he was
Eclipse, he says, puts a few more dolattending graduate business school, it was natural for him to say "yes." (Eclipse,
lars in the band members' pockets
a semiprofessional group, had performed during the opening and closing cerand has led to some incredible travel
emonies at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.) Despain joined as second
tenor, and continues to perform with the group.
And Eclipse has raised Despain's
Today, the ladies to whom the young men sing are mostly wives. All but one
industr y visibility, as well. The
member is married, and most have kids and day jobs. Besides putting some years
group performed during the Utah
behind them, Eclipse has "cut" an impressive total of seven albums plus numerBankers Association's 2013 Annual
ous singles. It plays several gigs each month. A good third of the group's nearly
Convention, where many bankers-
3,000 YouTube subscribers are from Asia, where Eclipse has made several tours.
even several from Zions Bank-heard
One of the band's trademarks is motion. "For some quiet ballad numbers, we
Despain and the group for the first
do stand in place," says Despain, "but our signature performances come with
lots of energy and movement." For example, the group's video of "Best Day of
Gigs like these and professional
My Life," features all kinds of antics, including band members' heads popping
pride keep Eclipse members working
out of unusual places, such as from behind palm trees, en masse. (See this video
to polish the act.
and more at http://eclipse6.com/home/)
"There's a lot of bad a cappella out
Despain closes some rap numbers with a standing back flip. Eclipse web vidthere," points out Despain, "because
eos come off as professional, dynamic performances reflecting professional-level
choreography-quick cuts, coordinated footwork, and more.
-Steve Cocheo, executive editor
"My bank job puts food on the table," says Despain, who notes that his father,
and digital content manager
Lynn, is a veteran commercial real estate lender himself, albeit for other banks.
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