Name: Orlando Mendoza Jr.

Parents: Orlando Mendoza and Carmen Mendoza

Educational and Future plans: I plan to study Music Education at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi and go to the University of Texas at Austin for my masters in Music performance for trombone.

Clubs and officer positions: Honors Band (2 years)

Accomplishments/ Honors: All-District Band (4 years), All-Region Band (3 years), Area (2 years)

What was the best advice you have ever received? Who gave you the advice?

Both my parents have always told me to, “be humble, kind, and always try my best at whatever I do”.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I see myself attending college for my masters degree and also teaching other young enthusiastic trombone players. 

If you could change anything about this world, what would it be and why? 

I would change how we look at one another. Many people today judge others by the color of their appearance or by their beliefs. If we were able to understand one another more I feel like the world would be a much better place.

If you could invite 3 people to dinner (other than relatives), who would they be and why? 

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson because he is a very hard working person who had achieved his goals and is also very hilarious. Denson Paul Pollard, because he is one of my biggest idols in trombone performance and education. Last but not least, Morgan Freeman, because he makes anything sound cool.


Food: Steak

Book: The Glass Castle

Movie: Logan

Town in Texas: Austin 

Vacation Spot: New York City

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