Mike Cooper, LTCL

Mike’s musical background is firmly rooted in Military Bands. A flautist since the age of eight, he joined the British Army as an adult Musician in September 1978 and retired in 2000 having completed 22 years of service in the Band of The Light Division.

From early beginnings at Mountfields Primary School learning the flute with Leicestershire Arts, Mike progressed quickly and continued his musical studies at Loughborough Grammar School.  Whilst serving as a musician in the British Army, advanced study was undertaken with the Professor of flute at the Royal College of Music, leading to the award of a Licentiate Diploma in Flute Performance from Trinity College London.

During a demanding but fulfilling career in Army Music, Mike toured extensively throughout Europe and beyond. As an accomplished soloist he has performed to a variety of audiences in diverse locations around the world; from under-privileged children on the streets of war-torn Bosnia, to the late Queen Mother in the sumptuous surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall.

As an Army Musician Mike was the Band Sergeant Major of the Light Division Band, which is akin to being the manager of an Orchestra, but with the added “bonus” of being a performing instrumentalist too.  Despite this burden of administration, the desire to perform as an instrumentalist was always the main priority in his career but also, following professional training and qualifications in Band Direction at the acclaimed Royal Military School of Music, Mike would often be called upon to rehearse and direct the Band in the absence of the Director of Music – an awesome 60 piece professional Symphonic Wind Band!

As a Loughborough lad ‘born and bred’, Mike is delighted and honoured to be involved with Charnwood Concert Bands.