(2011) Jake comes from Draper, in Utah and is attending Utah University majoring in Jazz Guitar. He lists his occupation as student and guitar, mandolin and banjo instructor. in 2009 he made the cut to the top five in both the Flat Pick and Banjo Championships. Jake says coming here to see friends is reason enough to return each year. Family, friends and his girlfriend, Rebekah, occupy much of his free time but he says he does like to play the Wii (ha ha). Jake chose the Deering Terry Baucom Signature Model Banjo by the Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, CA as his prize instrument.