Sarah Klinger


       Sarah Klinger is a graduate of James Madison University. She studied Saxophone under Professor David Pope. She was a member and section leader of the Marching Royal Dukes for four years. She marched in the 2008 Macy's Day Parade and participated in a variety of other performances while with the Marching Royal Dukes. Ms. Klinger performed in a variety of groups while at JMU. She was a member of several of the large ensembles as well as small ensemble and Jazz improvisation groups. She has attended a variety of concerts, music festivals, conferences, and conventions. She was a member and president of Tau Beta Sigma, which is a band service sorority. She volunteered and oversaw several projects such as MRD crews, canned food drives, Toys for Tots, and Adopt a Highway. 

        Sarah Klinger was born in South Jersey and attended Kingsway High School in Swedesboro. While in high school, she studied saxophone privately with David Cubbler. She was drum major of marching band, a section leader in both concert band and jazz band, a member of the chorus, performed in several drama productions, and was captain of the swim team. She performed with several university honor bands including Rowan University and West Chester University. Ms. Klinger was also a member of the Bonsal Blues, an American Legion Regiment Band.

        Mrs. Klinger taught at Amelia County Public Schools from 2012-2015. She worked with grades 6-12 and helped to create a worthwhile band program in Amelia. She currently lives in Midlothian where she is an avid weight lifter and swimmer.

Steven J. Kunka


       Steven Kunka is a native of Whitehouse Station, NJ, and received his high school education from Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington, NJ. He received his Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Music Education and Applied Percussion from James Madison University. His percussion teachers include Dr. Michael Overman, Marlon Foster, and the former head of JMU’s percussion department, Mr. C. William Rice.

       While attending James Madison, he participated in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble. Mr. Kunka was also involved with the James Madison University Marching Royal Dukes. He performed with the MRD's in the 25th Annual New Year's Day Parade in London, as well as with the Wind Symphony for JMU President Alger's Inauguration.

       In 2014 he began his teaching career in Hampton, VA at Hampton High School where he taught Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Marching Band, and Electronic Music Production. Since 2016, he now serves as a band director at Thomas Dale High School, teaching Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Piano, Beginning Guitar, and Marching Band.

Steven Barton - Retired

        Steven Barton is a native of Western Pennsylvania, graduating from Butler Senior High School in 1972.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and a Master of Music degree in percussion performance from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1983.

        Steven Barton began his public school teaching career in Iroquois, South Dakota where he taught band and chorus for three years, and in Webster, South Dakota where he taught band for two years.  After earning his Masters degree, he was Director of Bands for two years at Garner Senior High School in North Carolina.  He then returned to Virginia, spending fifteen years as Director of Bands at Manchester High School and four years at Lloyd C. Bird High School and Salem Church Middle School in Chesterfield County, Virginia, near Richmond. There he taught Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Jazz Improvisation, Percussion, Music Theory, String Orchestra and Beginning Guitar.  In 1988 and 1989, he also served as Interim Conductor of the Wind Ensemble for the University of Richmond.  Since 2005, he is serves as band director at Thomas Dale High School and Specialty Center For The Visual and Performing Arts in Chesterfield County, Virginia where he teaches marching band, concert bands, the jazz ensemble, and music theory.

         Steven Barton is an active performing percussionist.  He has performed with the Richmond Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Huron (SD) Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, and Currents (a contemporary music ensemble with the University of Richmond).  While in Raleigh, he was the house percussionist for the North Carolina Theatre.  He performs as a freelance percussionist in the Richmond area, playing with many community bands, churches, and dance bands.  Currently, he performs with the Keystone Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Jack Stamp.  Their critically acclaimed recordings are available on the Citadel  and Klavier labels.

        Steven Barton is an active composer of works for band. His compositions include: an overture, Apologue (1991), a march, Freedom and Dominion (1992), a lullaby, Cradlesong (1994) published by Daehn Publishing, Cathedrals, a suite (1995), a fanfare, For The New Day Arisen (1997) also published by Daehn, and Restless Spirit (1998), a programmatic work of moderate difficulty.  Twilight Shadows (1999), featuring the euphonium was commissioned and premiered by the Michigan State University Bands in honor of the 100th birthday of director emeritus Leonard Falcone.  He has continued to write works for band, including Ebeneezer Variants (2000) written for the Western Pennsylvania Commissioning Consortium, Hill Country Flourishes (2001) written for the Hill Country Middle School in Austin, Texas, and Fanfare, Elegy and Celebration for Butler (PA) Senior High School. His orchestral works include Fanfare and Fantasia (2008) written for the 100th commencement of Thomas Dale High School, and To Touch The Face of God (2010). He has also arranged several pieces for percussion ensemble, in particular La Fille aux Chevaux de Lin by Claude Debussy, arranged for marimba ensemble and published by Permus.  His most recent works for band are Welcome to Holland and Kingsfold, both published by C. Alan Publications.  For The New Day Arisen is included in Volume 5 of the acclaimed series Teaching Music Through Performance In Band, and Hill Country Flourishes is to be included in Volume 7 to be released in 2012.

         Steven Barton is a member of the Virginia Music Educators' Association, the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors' Association, MENC where he held the designation of Registered Music Educator, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Honorary Music Society.  He currently lives in Midlothian, Virginia with his wife, Pamela and his two children, Paul and Michael.