Al Saia was a bugle player with Sacred Heart Crusaders in 1937. He became the corps drum major in the 1940s, before moving to the Lieutenant Norman Prince senior corps. He was drum major for the Princemen in the 1950s. During the 1960s and 1970s, he served as both bugle and general effect judge with the the All American Judges Association, Drum Corps Associates, the Massachusetts Judges Association and the Bay State Judges Association. He was music director of Cambridge Caballeros when the group performed at a Boston Pops orchestra concert, under the direction of world famous conductor Arthur Fiedler.