Pato Mendez was born in Tampico, Mexico and began playing drums at age 15. He began his formal percussion study and progressed quickly under the tutelage of Dr. Evaristo Aguilar, Professor of Percussion at University of Tamaulipas (UAT). While studying at UAT, he participated each year in the PERCUSONIDOS International Percussion Festival and collaborated with renown percussionists/drummers including Zoro, James Campbell, John Riley, Gary Chaffee, Vera Figueiredo, Anders Astrand, Ney Rosauro, Memo Acevedo, and Caixa Trio. Pato also attended numerous workshops by acclaimed percussionists/drummers Luis Conte, Antonio Sanchez, Akira Jimbo, and Victor Loyo.
Pato traveled to the United States as the result of an invitation to study percussion at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM), Dr Julie Hill Associate Professor of Music. While at UTM, Mendez studied Percussion Pedagogy with a focus on Marching Band Procedures and Rudimental Percussion training. During his residency at UTM, he presented two masterclasses demonstrating the orchestration of Latin based rhythms on drum set.
Pato currently works as an instructor of drumline, drum set and Latin percussion, music, and Online drum lessons.