Joseph PInson - Brief Biography
Joseph Pinson, MA, MT-BC, was born in Clarksville,
Texas, on October 6, 1937. He holds degrees in music
from Southern Methodist University & the American
University. In May, 2013, he retired as Assistant Clinical
Professor at Texas Woman's University, where he had
been a member of the faculty since 1997. From 1974 to
1997 he was Director of Music at Denton State School.
Mr. Pinson has written over 100 compositions
that have been commercially published and and recorded
. . He is author of Involving Seniors in Group Music
Thrapy published by Jessica Kingsley and co-author
with Donald Michel of Music Therapy in Principle &
Practice, published by Charles C. Thomas.
In 2009 Mr. Pinson was awarded the
Community Arts Recognition Award in
Arts Education by the Greater Denton
Arts Council. In 2010 he was made an
honorary member of the UNT Chapter
of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In 2013 he
was designated a Friend of Music by
the TWU Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.
Mr. Pinson and his wife Sara moved to Denton in 1969. She passed away on
February 11, 2018. They have two children and four grandchildren.
The Bell Band originated with groups that Mr. Pinson began in the seventies at
Denton State School. Through the years many of the residents moved to the
community, and the Bell Band as it exists today was begun. Because of this long
and strong connection the group is like family. Every performance and rehearsal
is a social event that adds to the quality of life of each individual.
Mr. Pinson has retired from general operations of the Bell Band and is giving
these duties to the Associate Director abd the Assistant Director.