Today, tambourines are a big part of worship. They are used in choirs, ministry, and churches. Believe it or not, tambourines started out as worship tools thousands of years ago in Egypt. Though its exact date of appearance is unknown, tambourines were very popular in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. Women were prominent users of the instrument during religious and folk ceremonies. Crusaders brought the instrument to Europe in the 13th century, where they started to be used for dance and song. The ancient Romans played the tambourine, and in the Middle Ages, traveling musicians and entertainers played it. The modern version of the tambourine reentered Europe during the Turkish Janissary musical bands, or music of the Turkish military, in the 18th century. In the late 18th century, it appeared occasionally in the orchestra and was adopted as a general orchestral instrument in the 19th century with composers such as Hector Berlioz and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. While tambourines have been used in folk and music performances in Europe since the 13th century, the western world did not see its use until the later 18th century. Mozart was one of the earliest western composers to incorporate the tambourine in his compositions. From this, it moved to become a more permanent element of western orchestral compositions. If you too use tambourines for worship and celebration, Starline Baton carries various sizes of tambourines for all your musical needs.