Mick Cooke

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Mick Cooke
Born (1973-12-15) 15 December 1973 (age 44)
Genres Indie
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Trumpet, French horn, electric guitar, bass guitar
Associated acts Belle & Sebastian
Website www.toomanycookes.co.uk

Mick Cooke (born 15 December 1973) was the trumpet player of the Scottish indie band Belle & Sebastian for fifteen years before leaving in 2013 to concentrate on composing full-time.[1]

Besides trumpet, Cooke plays other brass instruments, including the French horn, and occasionally plays electric guitar and bass live.

Cooke was a founding member of Belle & Sebastian, although he did not officially join until their third album (he was prevented from doing so because his other band, Hardbody, was under contract with Sony). Whilst he was known to sing at some concerts (including a rendition of "This Guy's In Love With You"), the only official Belle & Sebastian release with Cooke on lead vocals is "The Monkeys Are Breaking Out of The Zoo", from the charity compilation Colours Are Brighter.

Cooke also plays in the ska band The Amphetameanies and appeared on the 2007 Idlewild album, Make Another World. He has worked as an arranger for artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Phil Cunningham, and Jason Donovan.[2] He is said to have had an influence on other Scottish based bands, including Franz Ferdinand (who incidentally were given a bass guitar by Mick, leading to the formation of the band), whose members appeared in Belle & Sebastian's enigmatic early promotional photographs.

Cooke now composes music for films, theatre, and animations. He worked as composer on Boj for CBeebies,[3] and on Zack & Quack for Nick Jr. [4] His theatre work includes the score for Cannibal Women Of Mars which played at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow in 2013.[2]


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