Or maybe trumpet playing is good for your health? Google sent me directly to this thread a couple of minutes ago when I was searching on 'trumpet' and 'blood pressure.' I was searching because I had just tried out a new Resperate device for lowering blood pressure by means of slowing the breathing rate from listening to music played at a decreasing tempo. My rate was slow enough to put me in the cheater's category from the very beginning, and I was wondering whether Nick Drozdoff's exercises (on a stuffy cornet, holding each note for 32 counts) - or maybe those 20-min g's? - had already had some effect in teaching me to breathe better. The whole country needs its blood pressure reduced - think of the trumpets they could sell if playing one turns out to help!