Playing in a Brass Band Can Help People Overcome Depression, Anxiety


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.'”

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  1. Awesome,
    Be the person who walks to the beat of his own drum.
    My question is. Will the lovely psychiatrist prescribe a drum for me? A horn? A scrip I can take to a music store? Give me a scrip for an accepting, tolerant community?
    Though I think the community part is a bit more challenging.

    Funny how this is not seen as science. A community, acceptance, and a drum. That is the science.

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