In addition to playing the drums, Arnie discovered a passion for the accordion. To demonstrate his dedication for mastering this new skill. Arnie sold his first car to buy his own accordion (to the surprise of his parents). He had many accordion mentors throughout his lifetime; Israel Sanchez Sr., Oscar Garcia Sr., Antonio Sanchez Sr., and Juan Villareal from Los Cachorros. Further influences came from his childhood friend, Benny Sanchez, who played an influential role by showing Arnie how to play the accordion. Arnie was inspired by Ramon Ayala music as he incorporated his style and added his own flare. Arnie’s professional accordion performances started with Los Duques; playing with Sammy Contreras, Max Contreras and Tony Sanchez Jr. It was during this time that Arnie found his passion for singing. Groups such as Flaco Jimenez, Little Joe, and Groupo Rio with Raulito became interested in Arnie’s various talents. His musical career was composed of groups such as; Tejano Bad Boys, Los Tejano 4, Grupo Firme, Silveradoz and Eslabon.