ABA Banking Journal - September 2014 - (Page 48)

first person JACOB DESPAIN 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 Tabernacle Choir. 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 and memories. 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 time. 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 it's cheap." 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. 48 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | SEPTEMBER 2014 http://www.eclipse6.com/home/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - September 2014

Chairman's View
Editor's Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
Sales of insurance pay off
Pass the Aspirin
Payment trends: Threat or opportunity?
Working together to protect against identity theft
Tech Topics
Compliance Inbox
Around the ABA
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - September 2014

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