Band Booster president chosen as DTHS Volunteer of the Year

Staff reports

The Spring Band Concerts for both the Dutchtown High and Prairieville Middle School Bands, DTHS principal David Alexander, band directors Sheily Bell and David Holland, presented Al Saurage, DTHS Band Booster president, with the DTHS Volunteer of the Year Award Friday, March 6.

Saurage, whose daughter Sara plays percussion in the band, has been president of the Booster club for four years.

“He along with wife Sandy, has played an instrumental role in helping to make the DTHS Band Boosters  an important part of the success of the Dutchtown Sound,” said a band spokesperson. “They have also become important members of the Dutchtown community known for their numerous fundraising activities and community support programs.”

Saurage was also recently honored by receiving a $5,000 Grant from the Albemarle Foundation Volunteer Program for his many hours of volunteering in the community.

The Albemarle Foundation is a non-profit foundation formed by Albemarle Corporation chartered to focus its efforts on programs that support the cornerstones of sustainability within our community – specifically in the areas of education, health and social services, cultural initiatives and community involvement. 

Volunteerism is a key component of the Albemarle Foundation’s mission and to encourage this spirit the Foundation has established the Albemarle Foundation Volunteer Program.  The Dutchtown Sound has the privilege of receiving the first ever grant given under this program.

“The DTHS Band Boosters, along with directors Sheily Bell and David Holland, would like to thank Mr. Saurage for his wonderful leadership and support during the past four years as President.,” added the band spokesperson. “He and his family have volunteered countless hours for the band, and because of their efforts, the Dutchtown Sound has become one the best high school band programs in the state of Louisiana.”