From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Arnold, Horacee Emmanuel

(born: 1937) 

Horacee E. Arnold, born in Wayland, KY, is a professional drummer who began playing while enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard during the 1950s. He added an extra 'e' to his first name when he began performing on stage.

Arnold has performed with a number of bands over the years, many of which are listed in his biography. His own bands were the Here and Now Company, formed in 1967, and Colloquium III, formed in the 1970s. He was one of the most well-known fusion drummers of his time; he was also  involved with electronic programming.

Arnold studied composition and guitar composition and taught music at William Paterson College [now William Paterson University] in New Jersey. His recordings include two albums, Tales of the Exonerated Flea, re-released in 2004; and Tribe. He also performed in the educational video, The Drumset. Arnold also performed dance; he toured in Asia with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company [now Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater].

For more see the Horacee Arnold website; and "Horacee Arnold" in the Oxford Music Online Database.

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Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Tales of the exonerated flea (album)
NKAA Source: Tribe (album)
NKAA Source: The Drumset, a musical approach (videocassette)
NKAA Source: Oxford Music Online (database)

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“Arnold, Horacee Emmanuel,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 31, 2021,

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