Brass instruments have existed in one form or another for thousands of years. Although their early ancestors are known to have been made of wood, tusks, animal horns or shells, today’s modern instruments are made entirely of brass. They played a part in historical military campaigns, religious ceremonies, and the development and performance of music around the world. Brass instruments are essentially long pipes, curved and twisted into various forms, that widen at their ends into a bell-like shape. Playing a brass instrument can help strengthen core abdominal muscles, improve cardiovascular health, bolster the respiratory system, and has even been reported to help students struggling with Asthma.