Rafael Méndez was a popular Mexican virtuoso solo trumpeter.
Méndez was born in Jiquilpan, Michoacán, Mexico. As a young child, Méndez was the cornetist for Pancho Villa.
His most famous recording, "Moto Perpetuo", was written in the eighteenth century 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.
From 1950 to 1975, Méndez was a full time soloist, performing as many as 125 concerts per year. He was also very active as a recording artist. Many of his recordings are now available on compact disc.