Salvation Army Timbrels are always popular in any programme of Salvationist music and song. And Timbrels, an
eye-catching display on special occasions, are an integral part of our worship during Sunday meetings, being
used to accompany lively songs and choruses. We are encouraged by Scripture to praise the Lord with Timbrel
and dance and this we still do at Leighton Buzzard Salvation Army.
Timbrel playing in The Salvation Army has a long history stretching back to
the very foundation of the organisation. The Mansfield commanding officer, Captain Charles
Rothwell, saw a tambourine in a pawnbrokers window and decided that Mrs Rothwell should become a tambourine
player. Mrs Rothwell used her new tambourine “on the march” and created quite an impression. In fact a local
paper commented that the instrument:
“filled the devil with disgust, the newspapers with comments,
the barracks with people and helped sinners into the fountain”!
Timbrel playing has certainly developed since those early days and
modern Timbrel drills by Leighton Buzzard Salvation Army Timbrels to marches, choruses, gospel
music and selections from the classics feature regularly on programmes at The Salvation
Anyone who has been in a Salvation Army meeting will testify that the
Timbrel, in the expert hands of modern Salvationists, adds a typical Blood and Fire feel to the Good News of