Tex Arnold Bio

Tex Arnold, Composer-arranger-music director

Tex Arnold

Tex Arnold Bio

A native of Texas, Hubert “Tex” Arnold holds a master’s degree in music composition from Michigan State University. He began his professional career in the late 1960s as a staff arranger for the United States Military Academy Band at West Point.  After leaving the military he moved to New York City where he has pursued a career as a pianist, arranger, music director and composer.

For over twenty five years he was musical director for the legendary Margaret Whiting, arranging and conducting for her performances on radio, television, and records, and with major symphony orchestras. He has written orchestrations for the Lincoln Center American Songbook series and for Carnegie Hall tributes to the song-writing teams of Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. As a pianist, he has accompanied Broadway stars Melissa Errico at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City, and Barbara Cook in concerts throughout the country, including performances at the Los Angeles Music Center and Carnegie Hall.

His concert music has been commissioned and recorded, including performances of a trumpet concerto by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and works for the New York Saxophone Quartet. In early 2005, his “Texas, Our Texas” Variations was performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a series of concerts. Later that year, A Festival of Carols was premiered by the New Jersey City University Symphony of Winds and Percussion. Two commissions, the  Rhapsodies for Clarinet and Piano and Tax Dodge for Five Doctors, a saxophone quartet, garnered Mr. Arnold the ASCAP Plus Award for 2009 and 2010. In late 2011 he was awarded a third consecutive ASCAP Plus Award.

More of his work can  be heard on “Hallways” (LML Music), a CD of songs by the composer/lyricist Carol Hall (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), for which he acted as producer/arranger. The album CD won the Bistro Award as Best Album of 2008. In 2010 they collaborated to write the song cycle Olympic Peninsula Pilgrimage.

Recent recordings feature his work as arranger and pianist for the vocalists Laurel Massé (“Once in a Million Moons”) and Maud Hixson (“Don’t Let a Good Thing Get Away”).

In February of 2013 he was pianist and music director for Michael Feinstein’s concert at Zankel Hall honoring the songwriters Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen.

For many years he was an instructor for the Cabaret Symposium held each summer at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and continued in that capacity for its successor program, the Cabaret Conference at Yale University.

Mr. Arnold is a member of ASCAP and Local 802, American Federation of Musicians.

Variety, 2003:

Pianist Tex Arnold has an elegant touch peppered with down-home flourishes. He has an easy-going nature at the keyboard and, much like Hoagy Carmichael, uses little blues and stride fills between the words to color the accompaniment. When asked to play it grand, he does that, too, as well as swing.