A prolific trumpet soloist and virtuoso who had the Arizona State University library dedicated to him.
He worked as the cornetist for Pancho Villa as a young boy.
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.