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To help relieve the stress of final exam week, the Syracuse All Steel Percussion Orchestra (SASPO) will perform a selection of “bangers and party anthems” on Friday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Schine Student Center Atrium. Members of the University community are invited to enjoy the sounds of the University’s new steel band in an informal setting.

SAPSO is based in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music. The band’s name is an homage to TASPO, a pioneering band from Trinidad that helped lead the development of this dynamic ensemble. Like other progressive steel bands, SASPO plays a wide variety of music, from jazz to classical, calypso to soca and rock to hip-hop.

SAPSO is directed by David Knapp, an assistant professor of music education in the Setnor School and School of Education.

For an accommodations request, contact Bridget Yule, at 315-443-9142 or For questions about SAPSO, contact Knapp at