Zoe Hancock grew up in Cornwall and started playing the Flugelhorn Horn in the St Dennis learners group at the age of 6. She progressed to the youth band and played her first contest with the senior band aged 9. Her passion grew more as she started competing in Solo Contests throughout Cornwall and won many prizes. Whilst at St Dennis, the band gained promotion from the 4th to Championship section within 6 years.
At 10, Zoe joined the Cornwall Youth Brass Band and in 2006 the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, where she gained invaluable, experience and knowledge from top class sectional tutors and was directed by world class conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Dr. Robert Childs, Christopher Adey and Dr. Nicholas Childs. She held the principal Flugelhorn Horn seat for 9 courses. In 2009 she won the Harry Mortimer Solo Award and in 2010 the Maud Wright award and competed in the Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist final.
Zoe studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and after completing her first year she was rewarded the Harry Mortimer Memorial Trust, Brass Student of the Year. In 2010, Zoe joined the Tredegar Town Band and was part of a unique double, winning both the Grand Shield and the British Open in the same year.
Zoe joined Black Dyke Band in November 2010 and graduated from RWCMD with a first class honours degree in 2013. In 2014 Zoe won the prize for the Best Soloist at the British Open followed by the prize for the Best Instrumentalist at the National Championships of Great Britain five weeks later. By day Zoe is a primary school teacher.