Trombonist/Euphoniumist, Freddie Mendoza, has distinguished himself as one of the leading instrumentalist and educators on the jazz scene today. He has performed across the United States and abroad, playing music ranging from the big band style of the 1940's to hot Latin jazz, sharing the stage with many of jazz music's greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Bill Watrous, Rob McConnell, Bob Mintzer and Harry Connick, Jr. to name a few.
Freddie's performance, composition, and arranging skills have been featured in a discography that includes over 40 recordings, and he has been recognized by the Clarksville/West-End Artist's/Critics Poll as "Best Trombone Player in Austin" and "Best Arranger in Austin". His film scoring credits include the soundtracks for Hope's Happy Birthday and JetBlast. Freddie also performed on the soundtrack for Bernie, The Alamo, and he made a cameo appearance as an actor in the motion picture The Newton Boys. As a producer, he was responsible for many timeless albums, including projects such as Tracy Lamar Hancock's latest release "Appasionata," the self-titled project for Ernie Durawa's "Los Jazz Vatos." and is currently producing Los Jazz Vatos upcoming album "El Jefe" on the Strange Brew label. He has also amassed an impressive list of credits as a recording and mixing engineer, such as Ignite Inc.'s "Songs for the New World."
Freddie achieved tremendous heights in the field of education as well. Formerly the Director of Jazz Studies at Texas State University-San Marcos, he has brought his talents to the great city of Indianapolis, as the Director of Jazz Studies at University of Indianapolis. He has held positions as artistic Director of the San Antonio Youth Jazz Ensemble (SAYJE) and director of the Austin All-City Jazz Band, and is in high demand as a guest artist, clinician and guest director for jazz programs around the nation. Freddie has won many other prestigious positions in the field of music education, including a job as assistant director of the Walt Disney World All-American College Marching Band, a job he was awarded at the age of 20. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Music Education from the world re-known Columbia University Teacher's College in New York City and holds a Bachelor's in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's in Music Composition from Southwest Texas State University.
Freddie's publishing credits include the Penders "Masters of the Euphonium – Rich Matteson" solo transcription books, and countless arrangements for musical groups of all sizes and styles. Freddie is a voting member of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy Association) and the Latin Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin Grammy Association) and is also a clinician/artist with Getzen Custom Series Trombones..
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