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The E-Rockers continue to bring out hidden talents as well. Before joining Enterprise, Bob Baker had a varied career in the entertainment business, cutting independent CDs with his bands Beat Patrol and Roomful of Jimmies, doing standup comedy and, for a decade, publishing Spotlight, a monthly newspaper covering St. Louis music and entertainment. Baker says playing in the E-Rockers has given him a chance to use the skills from his previous career to get to know many of his fellow employees. "I've found it to be an unexpected networking tool," he says. "It really surprised me as to how many people, even at the higher levels of the company, come up and talk to me about how they used to play music in a band or in church."
Networking opportunities aside, members of both bands see their musical sidelines mostly as a way to have fun while proving that they're not too old to rock & roll.
"By and large, these are guys who, if they could make a living at it, would do nothing but this," says Dusseault. "These are people who love to play music with their friends. We're just delighted we have a company environment that encourages us both to work hard and to have fun."
"Even though music is not a full-time job, it's something we all enjoy doing," agrees Baker. "This is a rare opportunity to use those musical skills and combine them with our day jobs to give something back to the company."