From The Telegraph: “Sheffield University scientists circulated a questionnaire among current brass band players, asking them about the positive and negative effects of playing in a band.
The responses revealed that the overwhelming majority of players felt that performing in a brass band had improved their mental health …
Dr Michael Bonsor, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Music, said: … ‘Players report perceived improvements in respiratory and cardiovascular health, general fitness, cognitive skills, mental well-being and social engagement.
‘Our survey respondents particularly valued the opportunities for community building, reporting a sense of social bonding and belonging, not only within the brass band world but also through their band’s musical role in a range of public events and fundraising activities for the wider community.'”