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Best Timbrel Music - Salvation Army Timbrel Marches


I was a timbrel leader for several years at my corps and part of the Divisional timbrel group.


Best Timbrel Music - Salvation Army Marches

Timbrels are a longstanding tradition in The Salvation Army. Salvation Army women have played the tambourine for well over a hundred years. It is played during church and while marching in parades.

The Salvation Army has a lot of great music, especially the marches played by the brass bands, but what songs are the best for a great timbrel drill? I have compiled my list of top marches, and I invite you to add your favorite.

The internet has allowed timbrelists to communicate like they never have before. Since they are spread around the world playing in local corps, the spread of ideas has been limited to camp and divisional events. Now, timbrelists can interact worldwide!

The site is very interactive, so please add your comments and suggestions - I am only one person, there are many more timbrelists out there with a ton more ideas to share!


From William Booth, Founder of The Salvation Army

"If I thought I could win one more soul to the Lord by walking on my head and playing the tambourine with my toes, I'd learn how!"

- William Booth, Spoken to the young Rudyard Kipling

The Top Salvation Army Timbrel Marches (according to me)

  1. Onward Christian Soldiers
  2. Golden Jubilee
  3. Anthem of the Free
  4. Montreal Citadel
  5. To Regents Fair
  6. Goldcrest
  7. Christmas Joy
  8. Roll Call
  9. Fill the World with Music
  10. Star Lake

Did I forget one of your favorites? Tell me in the comments at the bottom.

Download a Salvation Army March - MP3s

You can now download an MP3 of a march you'd like to try with your timbrel brigade. - Most cost under a dollar!

For a musical experience while here on the site, click on a March, and they will keep playing while on the site - you may here something you like !

Salvation Army Brass Bands

Salvation Army Timbrelists


SA gets small Donation from vendors for anything purchased off links on this page!

IF you are looking for a certain march, and cannot locate it - I probably know how to get it.

Leave comment HERE as to which March you are looking for, and I will email you back (if you have email in comment) or leave a message under yours with a link as to where to get it - ASAP. I am usually pretty fast, so give me a try :O)

General Comments Below please - Timbrel Drill Requests Below Please --- SCROLL DOWN

Timbrel March Requests only here, please! (trying to keep requests and comments separate, so I be organized and get back to everyone in a timely manor - Thanks !)

(if you do not want the message to be published here - to protect your email etc - please let me know- I can get communication and not publish comment if desired, just let me know)


Specific Marches That Were Requested on this Page

This is another place that I am putting specific marches that people have requested ... In this section you can click on image to hear the march, and see below for purchase of the individual track or full CD.

Other Salvation Army Music Sources - These are great resources for getting Salvation Army Marches and other Salvation Army Music!

Some of the things you will find here are great for Timbrels, other things are just awesome musical works of the people of the salvation army - Check them out - you might even know some of them!

Need A New Tambourine? - Need one for yourself? Need A Bunch To Start A Group?



Starting a new brigade at your corps? or just need to update your own? Here are some great options.

I suggest the smaller ones (maybe one row of jingles) for the beginners. Also a smaller head is easier for them to control (such as 8 inch) - I do not suggest 6 inch unless you have a toddler. They really are too small for Timbrels.

Don't forget the Ribbons!

Tambourines / Timbrels - Non-Official Salvation Army Tamborines / Timbrels

These are not official Salvation Army Tambourines but they are very nice.

They could all work well for Timbrels.

As you can see these are some very economical alternatives to the trade center, that also work well - especially for beginners. I got several for a beginner crew very affordable, and they were great.

Classy Timbrels ! (in my opinion) - The Ireland Divisional Timbrelists

The view is not great - but they have it! - They sound as one, they move in unison, they are not to "dancy" - they are traditional, classy, and overall very good !!!

Traditional Timbrels - How to do Timbrels With Class

This page has a lot of products, as well as video of non traditional timbrel displays and timbrel humor, but on a serious note, I was always taught the traditional timbrel ways, and believe all timbrellists should have a good foundation no matter where they take it. There is more to a timbrel drill than you see at a glance. It takes much work and practice to get it just right.

This is a great place to start if you are a beginner trying to get started with timbrels, or if you are just trying to brush up on the basics.

  • Timbrel Handbook - FREE
    This is the best Timbrel Handbook that I can find. If you want to be a classy, professional looking, traditional, timbrelist performing in your corps, I would suggest looking at this. It covers the basics from how to hold, through the beats, right th

Interested in Timbrel Instruction? - Well, online demonstration at least?

This site will give you a simple instruction to drills.

You can also contact your local Salvation Army for more specifics on Timbrel Instruction at your local Salvation Army Corps.

  • Timbrel Instructional Video
    Step by step instruction on simple Timbrel Drill - as seen in above Rose Bowl Parade Video
  • Here's another idea
    You can run a "timbrel clinic" - check out this press release and video on a corps that did just that ! (bring Timbrels back to life at your Corps!)

Connect With Other Timbrelists

The best way is to look in your division for other corps with timbrel brigades. But if you want to branch out even more - check out the facebook page !

More Great Timbrel Drills - These timbrel brigades did a great job

Pretty good job incorporating the beginners in there ... they did great!

Proud Timbrelists - And Rightfully So

This site presents pics and music that proudly represent current Timbrel Brigades. I suggest a visit to see some of the best.

  • International Timbrels
    Pictures of classy Timbrelists in action ! Information on Timbrelists from around the world

Free Printable Timbrel Drills - Classic Drills

I have many timbrel drills to scan and share, if there is a public interest in it. It will be a very time consuming project, so I am first putting out my feelers to see if this is something people would like to have access to. I would hate to invest a lot of time in something no one really wants. Please let me know if these would be helpful to you. Elaborate. Let me know what would be helpful to your group.


If you are looking for a certain march, and cannot locate it - Scroll Up to leave comment in that section. I do probably know how to get it.

If you are looking for Free Printable Timbrel DRILLS - Leave comment here !

(if you do not want the message to be published here - to protect your email etc - please let me know- I can get communication and not publish comment if desired, just let me know)

PLEASE - IF YOU HAVE DRILLS THAT YOU WOULD NOT MIND SHARING, YOU CAN LEAVE MESSAGE HERE, OR USE THE "CONTACT ME" BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE, OR SIMPLY EMAIL ME AT 'BECHAND@AOL.COM" AND I WOULD LOVE TO ADD IT TO THE PAGE. I AM TRYING TO MAKE THIS PAGE A GREAT RESOURCE FOR TIMBREL BRIGADES. I can scan yours in with mine, or if you have it already online, you can email it to me. I will email you my mailing address if you want to mail it for scanning.

I have MANY timbrel drills that are written by me or others that I have collected over the years.


Hand Painted Timbrel that Deserves Attention


This is just a great picture that I found on a blog by Commissioner Joe Noland.

The picture is used with his permission and he gives Artwork credit goes to Commissioner Doris Noland.

Click the pic to go to his blog where he has some cute words for "Christmas In The Army" to be sung to "Christmas in Killarney”

The Salvation Army in The 2011 Rose Bowl Parade

Timbrelists lead the way for The Salvation Army Band in this year's Rose Bowl Parade. The Salvation Army has marched in the Rose Bowl Parade every year since 1920 making 2011 its 92nd consecutive year. That's the longest of any band in the parade.

Watch this video of them performing doing Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus. Also, click the video thumbnails below for prior years.

2008 The Rose Bowl - How to Do The 2008 Rose Bowl Timbrels

This is the performance the 2008 Rose Bowl parade of the Salvation Army band. Watch the timbrel drill broken down, and learn how it's done.

Have You Seen Timbrels in a Parade?

Salvation Army Girl With Tamborine

The Santa Clause Parade (Canada)

Ian Barton's "Historical SA Marches" - Website - A Comprehensive Collection of Vintage Salvation Army Marches

Old Regal Zonophone Record Label

Old Regal Zonophone Record Label

You can listen to TONS of historical recordings of Salvation Army Marches recorded by the great bands of years gone by. They are for historical reference and enjoyment, not for download or purchase.

Regal Zonophone is the record label.

The page that the link goes to is the TIMBREL page (but he has TONS more than just timbrel marches...)

I recommend clicking this picture to go to his website and hear some vintage Salvation Army Marches and Music with your own ears, right from the Brass of yesteryear!

Picture used with permission from Ian and links to his website - I strongly suggest you do click pic to listen.

(You just might find a March you like, and can find a more modern day band recording available for purchase to use with your timbrel brigade, or just enjoy yourself for a few minutes...)


Interested in the history of Timbrels in the Salvation Army ?

Where or how did it start?

Click the picture (or link below) to take you to a website that describes just this - in detail

Name of website is "Salvation Army Collectibles" - Great page


Another Great Recalling of History of Timbrels in the SA is on the Hurtsville Salvos Page::


Text with BIG Picture

Playing Timbrel and Harp

Playing Timbrel and Harp

The Timbrel in the Bible

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. - Psalm 150:4

The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels. - Psalm 68:25

Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. - Psalm 149:3

Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. - Psalm 81:2

They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. - Job 21:12

And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. - 1 Chronicles 13:8

And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. - 2 Samuel 6:5

And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances: and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter. - Judges 11:34

And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. - Exodus 15:20

What do you think about The Salvation Army's timbrel?

Are Timbrels Relative Today?

Are Timbrels Relative Today?

Double Take Timbrels on Britian's Got Talent (UK)

Double Take Timbrels on Britian's Got Talent (UK)

Simon Cowell Gives Double Take the Buzzer

Britian's Got Talent (UK)

Just check out Simon Cowell's response to Double Take playing their tambourines (I mean timbrels). Now granted, without even deducting points for the Christmas garland, they didn't put on much of a show. I'm not sure how I feel about the two of them doing timbrels with the Salvation Army crest while wearing poorly fitting hot pink Walmart dresses, but that's a whole other debate. The tattoo of the Salvation Army crest is also a bit unsettling.

II wonder how his response would have been to a neatly uniformed larger group with a great routine and great music? Still not very good, I'd guess.


Q. What IS the difference between a timbrel and a tamborine?

A. The ribbons. (Has nothing to do with 1 or 2 rows of jingles)

Many often wonder what the difference is between a timbrel and a tambourine is. They share a common root - the tabret.

The tabret was an ancient instrument much like a tambourine without the jingles. It was a simple hand-held one sided drum. Being easy to use and small it was used in worship, as seen in scripture (Gen 31:27).

The tabret evolved into the timbrel which included the jingles and ribbons and was used with dance during worship. Miriam used it to celebrate after the parting of the Red Sea as seen in scripture in Exodus 15:20.

Over time, the dancing and the ribbons fell to the side, but the instrument went on - in the form of the tambourine, which did have jingles and did have a drum.

As time went by, the tamborine took on variations with the drum side sometimes omitted, and the shape shifting to a half moon.

In the late 1800's, a Salvation Army Salvationist, upon looking at an illustration of Miriam dancing with the timbrel, decided to revive this instrument and include it in their worship.

So at this point, the difference between the timbrel and the tamborine is not whether it has a drum side, and it is not whether it has one row of cymbals or two, it is whether it has ribbons and is used for dance, or whether it is unadorned and used for simply the sound.


Funny Timbrel Clips

I've got to say, these boys are actually pretty good ... "Man, I feel like a woman ..."

Every Salvation Army Boy's Dream

Just had a little too much of all that tambourine stuff I guess!!!

(Those boys think they are funny, huh?)

Getting Really Creative

I was always taught the very traditional timbrels, and this would have never passed with any of my instructors, but it's a totally different approach. It is kind of cool. (I was always taught that there was no dancing in the SA, but clearly years have passed, and things have changed.)

Check out this Star Search type Timbrel Drill

(Is it still called a "Drill" or would this be a "Presentation" ??? lol)

Other Salvation Army Timbrelist Products - From various sources

This is a group of Salvation Army Timbrel related products from around the net.

If you have any other great Timbrel Products - put link in my comment section and I will include here :O)

Here is an old image depicting the tambourine in worship at a Salvation Army meeting. This is not a timbrel drill. Since the instrument is used while sitting in a group, with other instruments, and since it does not have ribbons attached, here this is a tambourine.

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I sincerely hope you enjoyed the page, and got some resources as needed. Please do feel free to contact me for more or simply leave a comment - I love to hear from visitors !

If looking for a drill or march, please use the sections below as I do not want to miss it if it gets mixed in with general comments :O)

Please use this Guestbook for General comments about page :O) - Requests for Drills or Marches - please use comment sections above.

anonymous on June 24, 2013:

Good day - please could you help with more information on movements and names of the movements.

I am trying to learn to play the tambourine and find it difficult to get teaching material. If you could also direct me to a "school" that would also be great. I am in South Africa, Johannesburg.

anonymous on December 14, 2012:

Will have to learn how to upload a video as I have a number from Australia that we would love to share.

randomthings lm on May 24, 2012:

This was really interesting. Thanks tor putting it together.

Blackspaniel1 on November 08, 2011:

Good lens

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on July 18, 2011:

I have family members who are part of the SA, so some of this was familiar to me. Enjoyable read!

Addy Bell on July 18, 2011:

I dimly remember reading about timbrels when I was researching music of the Ancient Near East. I love obscure instruments!

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on July 18, 2011:

That was a really fun video to watch!

Dianne Loomos on July 18, 2011:

Who knew there was so much to learn about timrels and tambourines? I enjoyed reading it.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 17, 2011:

Such a unique topic! Fun to visit this lens again!

anonymous on July 10, 2011:

What fun is this, this all was looking familiar and for good reason, I just rated this last month but didn't get to spend as much time here.

anonymous on July 10, 2011:

You sure took the subject of tambourine vs timbrel and made it delightful! I kept finding myself smiling.

Philippians468 on March 02, 2011:

thank you for sharing this wonderful lens! learnt so much from your great work! cheers

Sirmione on February 19, 2011:

Thanks for a great article.I am a Salvos person myself here in Swanview Australi

yourgoldenfuture on January 09, 2011:

interesting lens about the music of the salvation army...

poutine on December 18, 2010:

Thanks for informing us on this tradition.

Sarah from Minnesota on December 14, 2010:

I also enjoyed the lens. It's been a long time since I've seen a timbrel drill.

Judy Goldsberry on December 12, 2010:

I enjoyed this lens.

Demaw on December 07, 2010:

Thanks for the info, I have seen the two instruments but never understood that their was an official difference.

Barbara Isbill from New Market Tn 37820 on November 09, 2010:

Great, great lens.

KarenTBTEN on October 27, 2010:

That's a comprehensive resource! SquidAngel blessings.

DecoratingEvents on October 22, 2010:

Congratulations on your Purple Star! A great lens deserves a *Blessing by a Squid Angel.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on October 20, 2010:

Congratulations on the Purple Star Award! (What does Simon Cowell Know anyway...lol..)

Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on September 26, 2010:

A great lens! I now know something I didn't before about timbrels and tambourines. I also have great admiration for the Salvation Army who do work nobody else can cope with! Blessed today :)

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on September 24, 2010:

It was fun to learn more about this cool instrument! Lensrolled to Percussion lens. : )

K Bechand (author) from NY on September 23, 2010:

@squid-janices7: Thanks - I also got the sunshine award for this page too !!! :O)

squid-janices7 on September 21, 2010:

Interesting lens...congrats on the purple star!

Wooden-Crosses LM on September 17, 2010:

Wow, great work... Salvation army seems more interesting now :D

Deb Kingsbury from Flagstaff, Arizona on September 13, 2010:

I'd never heard of a timbrel before ... but now I know I've seen and heard timbrels. I watched the video, "Classy Timbrels." That was fun. :)

Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on September 12, 2010:

Very interesting! There's a whole world out there I didn't know about. Blessed by and Angel and added to my Angel lens.

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on September 11, 2010:

Very interesting - I had no idea...

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on September 10, 2010:

I'd never realized that there was music just for this. Very comprehensive lens.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on August 29, 2010:

Congratulations to you and to the Salvation Army. Wow, 78 nominations! That's super. Great work!

Robin S from USA on August 28, 2010:


burgessvillian on August 27, 2010:

Congratulations on the sunshine award

Michelle Lacroix Toro from United States on August 27, 2010:

Congratulations on winning the award. I enjoyed this lens.

justholidays on August 27, 2010:

Congratulations on your SSA!

Dianne Loomos on August 27, 2010:

Congratulations! What a nice lens. I did not know the difference between tambourines and timbrels. Now I do!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 27, 2010:

Congratulations on your Sunshine Award for this very deserving lens!

KimberlyDawnWel1 on August 27, 2010:

Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! Thanks to your hard work and MANY nominations, you and Salvation Army Indiana Division have each won $99. http://blogs.squidoo.com/squidblog/2010/08/27/suns...

Liz Mackay from United Kingdom on July 19, 2010:

Great lens. I donate my Squidoo earnings to the Savation Army. I will certainly nominate you for the sunshine award.

Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on July 13, 2010:

Great page! I was not aware of this tradition. Blessed by a squidangel

GrowWear on July 10, 2010:

Congratulations for your purple star! And welcome to Squidoo!

Wendy Henderson from PA on July 10, 2010:

congrats on the purple star. Nice Job.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on July 06, 2010:

Wonderful lens.

K Bechand (author) from NY on June 18, 2010:

@James M Becher: I will certainly visit your site, and will likely nominate as well - Thanks for visiting mine ! Thumbs up both our charities!

GRMat158 on June 09, 2010:


Don't know if you already know of this CD, but it has quite a few of the marches you list


nice lens!

James M Becher from South Florida on June 08, 2010:

Really great lense--very informative. I didn't know there was so much to know about timbrels. I did add my comment in favor of timbrels. I gave this lense a thumbs up and I'm nominating it for the sunshine awards. I'd appreciate it if in returns you would nominated my lense Poems of Inspiration

Go there first and check it out and if you think it worthy please nominate it. The proceeds go to Church! at Bethany, another Christian charity (a website for speading the gospel). Us Christians have to stick together. I like the quote you put from Booth at the beginning. The Salvation Army is doing a good work and I designated part of the proceeds of my Chritmas lense to them.



norma-holt on June 07, 2010:

Lovely presentation on an unusual subject. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also added to my special awards lens charity-lenses-for-summer-sunshine-giveaway

tssfacts on June 07, 2010:

Congratulations on your purple star. Wonderful lens you did a great job.

KimGiancaterino on June 06, 2010:

Congratulations on your purple star. Well done!

myraggededge on June 06, 2010:

Congratulations - you have made a great start on Squidoo - congrats on the Purple Star!

Sweet-Making-Money-Online on June 05, 2010:

Very nice lens!!! And what a great charity! Congrats on your purple star. It was certainly earned.

bdkz on June 05, 2010:

Congratulations on your Purple Star!

anonymous on June 05, 2010:

I love the tambourine with the 'Religous Dove'.

Very well done, worthy of a Purple Star Award.

I also love the the timbrel music and the Salvation Army.

May you be blessed...

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 05, 2010:

Nice lens - interesting topic! Congratulations on your new purple star!

justholidays on June 03, 2010:

Wish you and your charity the best of luck for the SSA!

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 31, 2010:

I enjoyed my visit here and this lens will be featured on Sunshine Award Nominees. Good Luck on the contest for this great charity.