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As a young child in his native Mexico, Mendez was the cornetist for Pancho Villa. Mendez is legendary for his tone, range and technique. His most famous recording, "Moto Perpetuo," was written by Paganini for violin and features Mendez double tonguing continuously for over 4 minutes while circular breathing to give the illusion that he is not taking a natural breath while playing.
Around the time of his retirement, Méndez asked a fellow trumpeter, Tom Hernandez (who had studied under Méndez and Maurice André) to take over his soloing duties, but Tom declined in order to continue with his directing.
- ^ Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Legendary Trumpet Player Rafael Méndez. e-Notes, the online newsletter of the School of Music, Arizona State University. Retrieved on 2006-04-23.
 External links
- Rafael Méndez Online Library and free sound clips (mp3) at Arizona State University.
- Biography and free sound clips (mp3) and (realaudio).