Joseph Cook was born in County Durham into a musical family. His father was a former principal cornet and his mother a former flugel horn player and now tenor horn player with the Ever Ready Brass Band. He started playing tuba at the local secondary school at the age of 12. With encouragement from his parents and close friends within the Ever Ready Band he joined the Boldon Colliery Brass Band. Within two years he had auditioned and gained entry into the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, at the same time as being accepted to join the Ever Ready Brass Band.
From 1996 to 1999 Joseph was a member of the National Brass Band of Great Britain and for the final two years he was the bands principal tuba player. During that time he achieved such accolades as being twice a National Semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, National Semi-finalist in the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship Competition, Winner of the 1997 Harry Mortimer Solo Competition and British Open Tuba Champion 2000.
In 1999 Joseph Cook commenced study at the University of Leeds reading Music and Electrical Engineering, and in the May of that year he was asked to join the Black Dyke Band, where he still plays today as principal tuba. With the band he has toured extensively and is often featured as a soloist throughout the United Kingdom and overseas, including the USA, Canada, France, Belgium, Holland, Bermuda and Ireland.
With the band he has been fortunate enough to share in many contest successes, including twice National Champions, twice British Open Champions and once European Champions. In 2006 Joseph received the Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy for the Best Soloist at the British Open Championships at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Over the years Joseph has studied with tuba players such as Brian Kingsley, Patrick Harrild, James Gourlay and Roger Bobo. In 2007 Joseph performed the Vaughan-Williams Tuba Concerto with the Northern Sinfonia and in 2008 he performed the same Concerto with the Black Dyke Band at the Festival of Brass at the Royal Northern College of Music.
In the summer of 2002 he was given scholarships for postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music and also the Royal Northern College of Music. Joseph is also Tuba tutor at the International Brass Band Summer School. As well as playing with the Black Dyke Band he is also busy as an orchestral musician, chamber musician and soloist, performing with such ensembles as the Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, York Guildhall, White River Brass, Fine Arts Brass and Jazz Action, as well as performing solo recitals throughout Europe.