Sergeant First Class Ashley Mendeke became a member of the West Point Band’s Hellcats in August of 2013. Prior to joining the Hellcats, Sgt. 1st Class Mendeke was a freelance flutist and instructor in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. She has also performed as a member of the American Wind Symphony and as a featured musician with the Lewisville Lake Symphony's International Chamber Music Series.
A graduate of the University of North Texas, Sgt. 1st Class Mendeke completed Bachelor of Music degrees in flute performance and music education as a student of Mary Karen Clardy. She was selected as the University of North Texas 2010-2011 Presser Scholar, and was recipient of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's National Academic Scholarship, winner of the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)Triennial Performance Award, winner of the SAI Denton Alumnae Chapter's Performance Scholarship, and winner of the 2010 TMTA Young Artist Competition.