I met Rafael
Méndez - Michael Phillippe
played at my college around 1975 or 1976.
The concert was at Northeastern Illinois University and he played with
the Concert Band. I was in college just before I went on the
I know he played "Trumpeters Lullaby", I also think he played "Tico,
Tico". I would have to call the school, they might remember what he
I talked to Rafael Junior while in Glendale, years ago. We were to meet
over lunch but could not do so - regret that. His sons are
Mendez lived in Encino Valley, Vista Bulevard. Remember talking to Mrs.
Mendez when I called his home.
Sure miss him. Such a gentleman,
great trumpet player, even in his later years.
His last record, Love &
Inspiration, I actually like the best. He signed it:
Former Lead Trumpeter for The Russ Morgan Orchestra, Las Vegas,