This would extend the role that military musicians historically had of rescuing casualties from the battle fields and acting as stretcher-bearers.
Captain Craig Hallett, the director of music for the Royal Artillery Band said “Since the second world war there has been a realisation that healing can be helped by music and can even work as therapy for physical injuries … and we’re really concentrating on that now at Headley Court”.
At Headley Court rehabilitation centre there is a music room where injured service personnel can play guitars, pianos and percussion instruments. Army musicians regularly perform at Headley Court but not in a direct therapeutic role.
In America there is a longer tradition of using music therapeutically