Sam Arnold is a native Oregonian and has been active in teaching and performing in the Portland music scene since he was a teenager. His first endeavor into music occurred when he picked up the trombone in middle school band, followed by piano, bass, and guitar; all of which he still plays to this day.
Sam studied music at Portland State University where he received his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education (Hons). While at Portland State, Sam began to build a reputation as a frequently requested performer and recording artist on both trombone and bass for bands and artists such as Stelth Ulvang (The Lumineers), Y La Bamba (including work on one of NPR's best 50 albums of 2016, Ojos Del Sol), Tiburones, Aaron Nigel Smith, and many others. He has also performed with the Portland Summerfest Opera, the Eugene Ballet/Orchestra Next, and various other local orchestras. He is an active freelance performer and recording artist, and an active clinician in the Portland Public School District. You can find him playing almost nightly with a wide variety of groups around Portland, check the shows tab for details!
Sam proudly endorses MTD Kingston Basses, Bartolini Pickups, and Revo Straps