Jason Deem is the Director of Bands for Union City High School in 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 the Worship Leader at First Baptist Church, Union City. He is married to Amber, and has four daughters Makinlee, Madeline, Kadence, and Marley.
Jerry Emmons is the Percussion Instructor at Union City High School. Jerry has a holistic view of percussion: both he and his students are versed in every corner of the percussion world, including chamber music, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, solo percussion, world percussion, and jazz.
Jerry completed his master’s degree in music at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, and his bachelor's degree in music at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, TN. In addition to the numerous ensembles at BGSU and UT Martin, Jerry has performed with Gateway Indoor Percussion, the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, the Adrian Symphony, the Jackson Symphony, N/A Ensemble, the Paducah Symphony, and the Toledo Symphony. Jerry has also been active in the rock, blues, folk, and jazz communities in northwest TN, southwest KY, and northwest OH, playing drum set and auxiliary percussion.
Jerry is an active music educator, and has been active in the West TN band community since 2012. In addition to being the Percussion Instructor at Union City High School, Jerry is an Adjunct Lecturer of Music and the Percussion Coordinator of the Aviators Marching Band at the University of Tennessee at Martin, as well as an active private lessons instructor.
Jerry currently lives in Union City, TN, with his wife Lizzie, his dogs Rue and Frankie, and his cat Rimsky.
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.
Blaine Bomar has served in every facet of the marching arts: performer, instructor, clinician, consultant, designer, contest coordinator, and judge. He has serves as a Program Coordinator and Creative Director for marching bands, indoor percussion units, indoor winds, and winter guards throughout Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Wisconsin, and Texas. Programs that he has designed and worked for have performed in venues such as: Bands of America (BOA) Regionals, Super Regionals, and the BOA Grand National Championships, Winter Guard International Regional Finals and several other state finals across the Midwest and Southeast. Blaine’s designs have been on display and featured at both the Midwest Band & Orchestra Conference and the Texas Music Educators Association Conference.
Blaine is proud member of the several judges’ guilds and associations such as: Gulf Coast Judges Association, East Tennessee Performing Arts Association, the Central States Judges Association, USBands, and more. He was also a Level One & Two graduate of the Marching Roundtable Judges Academy during its time. Blaine has had the privilege of serving on championship panels in several states including: Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, Alabama, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri to name a few.
In addition to his designing & judging, Blaine is highly sought out student leader and drum major clinician in Tennessee and Western Kentucky. He worked as an instructor for the Fred J. Miller Summer Clinics teaching student leaders and drum majors throughout the country. He was also featured on the Marching Arts Education & Marching Roundtable’s podcast with Dr. Joe Allison and Tim Hinton on “Evaluating Drum Majors”.
Presently, Blaine resides in Union City, Tennessee with his dog, Bentley, where he spends his falls on the design team and instructional staff with the Union City High School Band.
Jason Deem - Program Facilitator
Blaine Bomar - Visual Coordinator & Designer
Steve Vento - Wind Arranger / Composer
Ryan Wilkerson - Percussion Arranger / Composer
Taylor Rock - Drill & Movement Designer
Cassie Venters Bratcher - Costume Designer
Travis Chiles - Silk, Prop, & Graphic Designer
To be announced...