Jason Deem

Jason Deem is the Director of Bands for Union City the Union City School system. He has enjoyed teaching in Union City Schools since 2005.  Mr. Deem will be responsible for guiding the 350 band students and extensive staff involved in the instrumental music program of the district.  Jason is in the process of building a top notch staff who honor the heritage and continue the vigorous pursuit of excellence that is synonymous with all Union City Band programs.  Mr. Deem has been integral to the pedagogical development that has led to a world class learning environment for students in all facets of the program. Throughout his career his ensembles have consistently received awards for excellence on the concert stage and marching field.

Jason earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters Degree in Education with emphasis in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Jason Deem is a clinician and adjudicator for bands throughout the Southeast United States.Mr. Deem is Past President of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  He is a member of the West Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, and Tennessee Bandmasters Association.

A native of Rutherford, Tennessee, Mr. Deem marched with the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps for the 1998 and 1999 seasons.  Before his tenure at Union City Jason  began his teaching career at Lexington High School in Lexington, Tennessee and was later the Director of Bands at Gibson County High School in Dyer, Tennessee where his bands received numerous awards including the Tennessee Governor’s Cup.

Mr. Deem resides in Union City and is a member of First Baptist Church.  He is the father of  two lovely daughters, Makinlee  and Kadence.


Ryan Wilkerson

Ryan Wilkerson is the Assistant Band Director at Union City Middle and High Schools in addition to being the Director of Percussion Studies at Union City High School. He is a native of Fort Branch, Indiana who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Murray State University.Prior to his coming to Union City he previously served for seven years as the Director of Percussion and Assistant Band Director at Henry County High School in Paris, Tennessee.  Mr. Wilkerson has worked with band programs in Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, and Indiana.  Ryan’s work in Indiana has been recognized at the state level with ISSMA Class Champions Forest Park High School.

In addition to teaching, Ryan is an accomplished composer and arranger for marching and concert percussion ensembles throughout the United States.  You can find portions of his work on  as well as  

Ryan is married to Ashley Wilkerson and they reside in Union City with their daughter, Leah Kate.  


Laney Rogers

Laney Rogers is the Color Guard Director for the  the Union City High School Band. She earned her Masters Degrree in Administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin and is a Special Education Teacher at Union City Elementary.  An alumnus of the UCHS Band program and has been the Color Guard Director and Choreographer since  1999 . Under her leadership the Union City Color Guard has earned countless Awards and Championships throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Indiana. 

Laney is married to Michael Rogers and they reside in Union City, Tennessee with their daughter Ada.

We are blessed with a valuable team of  instructors who take great pride in the development of our youth through the competitive marching band activity.