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Chuck's Biography

Charles "Chuck" Arnold is an Atlanta-area professional trumpet player and music educator. He was born in Mississippi, raised in Texas, and lived in the New Orleans area for twelve years before moving to Georgia in 2009.

During a ten year enlistment in the U. S. Navy, he served in Navy Band San Diego in San Diego, CA, the United States 7th Fleet Band in Yokosuka, Japan, the United States 6th Fleet Band in Naples, Italy, and Navy Band New Orleans, in New Orleans, LA. With these bands, Chuck performed in more than 60 countries around the world.​

Following his separation from the Navy, Chuck became a freelance musician in the New Orleans area. During this time, he toured with such legends as Maynard Ferguson and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. He also backed up such artists as Ray Charles, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The O'Jays, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Al Belletto, Luther Kent and Lou Rawls (to name just a few).​

In addition to Greg Thompson productions of Glitz, New York, New York, and More Glitz at the Biloxi Grand Theater, and the Earl Turner Show at Harrah's New Orleans, Chuck has performed with the Broadway touring companies of Fiddler On the Roof, Cinderella, Saturday Night Fever, The Producers, and South Pacific. ​



He has recorded extensively in the New Orleans area, most notably with Sandrine Daniels, Rockin Dopsie and the Zydeco Twisters, The Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Afroskull, Friends of Jabu, and the critically acclaimed John Mahoney Big Band. He can also be heard on the Terrence Blanchard score for the film The Tempest and the Steve Dancz scores Declaration Anthem, written for Fox Sports' 2011 Super Bowl XLV broadcast, and Heart of Independence, written for Fox Sports' 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII broadcast. 

Since moving to Georgia in 2009, Chuck has maintained an active performing and teaching schedule. In addition to performing with the Half Dozen Brass Band and Grogus, he can also be heard as a regular in the pit orchestras for productions by the Atlanta Lyric Theatre.​

Chuck earned a Bachelors in Music Education from Loyola University,  New Orleans and both Masters and Education Specialist degrees in Music Education  from  the University of Georgia.  While at UGA, Chuck had the honor of studying with the legendary Fred Mills and was a graduate teaching assistant with the Jazz Band and Combos, Wind Ensemble, and the UGA Redocat Band. 


He currently teaches at Collins Hill High School in Suwannee, Ga where he assists with all phases of the band program.

Please see Chuck's CV for more information about his experience as a performer and educator.​

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