But brass instruments, or brass or wind bands more generally, inevitably add further layers of meaning to PLAY. They have carried out different functions throughout history that associate them with ideas of confrontation: hunting, the military and war, imperialism and colonialism, parades and competitions, etc. Particularly in the United Kingdom, wind bands were also once identified with the working classes:
"[A]t the beginning of the nineteenth century, many factories sought to foster an interest in wind bands among workers in an effort to provide them with a leisure-time activity. This was a sagacious and diplomatic maneuver on the part of the industrial management, as it served to divert the workers' minds from the frequently appalling conditions under which they labored." 
How much this proposal is a divert maneuver, a proposal to ‘play to forget’, is debatable, as brass bands brought about significant cultural and social consequences:
"The growth of brass bands in Victorian Britain (...) represents an important manifestation of change in popular music culture (...). It provides a prime example of the fusion of commercial and Philharmonic interests and attitudes; of art music and vernacular music practices; of technology and ‘art’; and as one of the dominant and emergent ideologies.(...) One of the achievements of the brass band movement is that it created what was probably the first mass engagement of working-class people in instrumental art music, not just in Britain, but possibly anywhere."