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Strong Community Support Results In Decades of Success For A Small Town's Band Program

Podcast Episode Summary

In this episode of the After Hours Director Spotlight, Nick Averwater talks with Jason Deem, Director of Bands at Union City High School in Union City, Tennessee, a town of just over 10,000 people in the northwest corner of the state. Jason joined the Union City schools in 2006, and has been Director of Bands for five years. In this conversation, we'll learn about his early influences, how he carries on the tradition of success in the band program, and the importance of good communication with students, administration and the community. This conversation was recorded April 29, 2022.   


Podcast Guest

Jason Deem

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 2006.  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 Community Bible Church.  He is married to Amber, and has four daughters Makinlee, Madeline, Kadence, and Marley.

Photo & Biography credit: Union City Bands


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