Freddie Mendoza, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has been recognized by many as Austin's top call trombonist, and has been a fixture in the local Austin music scene since 1987. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's Degree in Music Composition from Texas State University. Freddie has toured at home and abroad, playing music ranging from the big band style of the 1940's to hot Latin jazz, appearing several times in the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival, as well as the Montreaux Jazz Festival.
Freddie has performed with many of the most recognized musicians in jazz. This impressive list includes such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Marvin Stamm, Clark Terry, Al Grey, Frank Foster, Bill Watrous, Rob McConnell, Bob Mintzer and Harry Connick, Jr.
Freddie’s performance, composition, and arranging skills have been featured in a discography that includes over 50 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 musical arrangements are used by many of South Texas’s local artists, and his film scoring credits include the soundtracks for Hope's Happy Birthday and JetBlast. Freddie also performed on the soundtrack for 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," and the self-titled project for Ernie Durawa's " Los Jazz Vatos." 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. Freddie is currently the co-coordinator of the Jazz Studies Department at Texas State University-San Marcos, and the artistic Director of the San Antonio Youth Jazz Ensemble (SAYJE). He is the former director of the Austin All-City Jazz Band, and is in high demand as a guest artist, clinician and director for jazz ensembles 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 PhD in the field of Music Education from the world re-known Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York City.
Freddie's publishing credits include the Penders "Masters of the Euphonium – Rich Matteson" series solo transcription books, and countless arrangements for musical groups of all sizes and styles. Freddie can be seen playing in a host of local bands in and around the state of Texas, including The Lucky Strikes, The Monster Big Band and Los Jazz Vatos.
Freddie is a clinician/artist for Getzen Custom Series Trombones.