Who We Are
The Denton Bell Band is a unique performing organization composed of adults with
developmental disabilities. It is our mission to provide structured leisure time activities
for these individuals and to promote a positive image in the minds of those who hear us
perform. We serve anyone who expresses interest. No auditions are required.
Some members of the choir have been ringing bells together since 1978, when founding
director Joe Pinson was the music therapist at Denton State School (now Denton State
Supported Living Center). In 1997 Mr. Pinson joined the faculty at Texas Woman’s
University, where he taught in music therapy until his retirement in 2013. All of the choir
members now reside in the Denton community.
The Bell Band is a 501(c)3 organization. The directors are persons with degrees in
Music Therapy. All tax-deductible donations are used for operations of the group. If you
wish to contribute, you may send a check to Denton Bell Band, Inc., 1408 Manten Blvd.,
Denton, TX 76208 – or – you may go back to the home page and click on "How to
Support the Bell Band". There you will be able to make a donation there with your credit
card. We also receive support from these organizations: The Arts Guild of Denton,
National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Greater Denton
Arts Council and the Denton Benefit League.
We toured to other parts of Texas each spring for over twenty years, performing in over
one hundred cities including Dallas, Terrell, Tyler, Marshall, Rusk, Lufkin, Mexia, Paris,
Waco, McKinney, Greenville, Dennison, Mt. Pleasant, Texarkana, Lampasas, Waco,
Temple, Waxahachie, Austin, Stephenville, Ft. Worth, Bryan, Corsicana, Huntsville,
Spring, Richmond, Brenham, Abilene, Lubbock, Big Spring, Gilmer, Mineral Wells,
Sweetwater, Wichita Falls, Clarksville, Canton, Bonham, Gilmer, Burleson, Hillsboro,
Clifton, Frisco, Georgetown, Bastrop, Manchaca, Post, Palestine, Weatherford, Plano,
Bogata, Flower Mound, Hurst, Mesquite, Palestine, and a few that we have forgotten.
Students from Texas Woman’s University assisted us with the tours. After determining
that the cost of the tour was outside our budget, we took the final tour in May of 2014.
Joseph Pinson is available to provide free consultation to persons or groups who wish to
start a choir similar to the Bell Band. You do not need musical training, but you will need
to have a genuine love for persons with disabilities. You may contact Mr. Pinson at:
(940)453-3273(C) or by email at email@example.com