A prolific trumpet soloist and virtuoso who had the Arizona State University library dedicated to him.
He worked as the cornetist for
At his most active, he was known to play more than 125 shows a year.
He was born in Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico.
His interpretations of Niccolo Paganini's "Moto Perpetuo," which was originally written for violin, is Méndez's most popular recording.