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Background Music has a very positive effect on health. It slows the heart rate, reduces stress and is a well-used therapy, calming and healing tool. There is no question as to the emotional and mental healing powers of music. However, what is in question is the volatile & competitive nature of the music industry and in the case of this data, specifically the competitive nature of the brass band movement. Competition in this context can be defined in many ways, including:  the brass band contest scene  relationships between personnel, officials and musical directors  the need for personal and group improvement Comments from our survey respondents were a clear indicator that music, and in many cases the lifestyle of being in the membership of a brass band, has had a very positive effect on the mental health of respondents. However, the data captured reveals that there is a higher percentage of brass band musicians suffering with nerves, anxiety, panic attacks and depression as a direct result of playing in brass bands than the currently measured national average of the general public suffering with mental health issues. The data and statistics captured in this survey does correlate with the findings of the 2016 University of Westminster and MusicTank survey, showing us that the brass band movement does fit within the general music industry trend towards heightened mental health issues.

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