Juan Carlito Mendoza

Juan Carlito Mendoza

Juan Carlito Mendoza

Juan Carlito Mendoza

Country:   United States Category:   DRUMSET ARTISTS


Born and raised in Perth Amboy, NJ, Juan Carlos Mendoza has been studying and performing for the past 20 years. The classically trained musician (marimba, timpani, orchestral snare drum, vibraphone, drumset and hand percussion) received his BA in Music Education in 2004 (New Jersey City University). In a quest to further his musical knowledge, Juan Carlos has also had the privilege to study with Pat Petrillo from the Drummer’s Collective, Nicholas Cerrato (Timpanist for the Tony Award Winning Broadway show Cats),Greg Giannascoli from the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra and Brazilian Master Guillerme Franco.


From a very tender age, Juan Carlos has been competing and establishing himself as a talented musician. At the age of 13, he competed and won Best Soloist in a national competition held in Niagara Falls, Canada. The competition was for instrumentalists competing on other instruments such as sax and trumpet and included the participation of high school students.Juan Carlos Mendoza has also competed as part of various drum corps. In 1997 and again from 1999-2001, he participated with the world re-known Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps from Hawthorne, NJ. In 2002, Juan Carlos marched with the Syracuse Brigadiers where they won the Drum Corps Association World Championship and won best percussion. An even greater achievement for the Syracuse Brigadiers was having set the highest score ever in the Drum Corps Association circuit. Also in 2002, Juan Carlos competed and became the Drum Corps Association Snare Drum Champion where he beat 35 other snare drummers from across the nation. More recently, Juan Carlos was involved in the Guitar Center Drum Off and reached the finals in 2008, placing top 6 in the nation. Outside of competing across the nation, Juan Carlos maintains a steady pace by playing outside of the country (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Europe), playing on numerous recordings and conducting a number of clinics.


Juan Carlos Mendoza has been featured in Pat Petrillo’s New DVD Learning to Read Rhythms by Alfred music where he played all the musical examples and played a featured drum solo. More recently, Juan Carlos graduated summa cum laude with his M.A. in Music Education from New Jersey City University. Finally, Juan Carlos competed at the 2012 Guitar Center Drum Off where he beat over 5,000 drummers around the nation to become the 2012 Guitar Center Drum Off Grand Champion. In 2017 Juan released his first book, "Rudiment Creativity" Vol. 1 Rolls and Paradiddles which breaks down various rudiments and how to apply them around the drum set.


Juan is currently working on "Rudiment Creativity" Vol.2, which will be released late 2019.

Equipment Configuration 1

Studio Kit

Reference Series
Ultra Blue Fade

22x18 bass drum
10x7 tom
12x8 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum
14x6.5 Reference Brass snare drum

BC930 boom stand
S1030 snare stand
P3002D Demon Drive Double Pedal
H1050 Hi-Hat Stand
TC930B tom/cymbal stand
D1000N throne

Equipment Configuration 2

Studio Kit


Black Gold Sparkle


16x14 Bass Drum

10x7 tom

13x12 tom

14x4 Marvin Smitty Smith Signature snare drum


P2050C Redline Elminator Single Pedal

H150S flat-braced hh stand

BC150S flat-braced boom stand

C150S flat-braced straight stand

S150S flat-braced snare stand


Equipment Configuration 3

Studio kit

Session Studio Select

Antique Crimson Burst


20x14 Bass Drum

10x7 tom

12x8 tom

14x14 tom

16x16 tom

14x5 Sensitone Phosphor Bronze snare drum



P2050C Redline Eliminator single pedal

H1050 Redline Elminator 3leg hh stand

B1030 boom stand

S1030 snare stand

D2500 throne