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.