University Academy Holbeach student to train for Band of the Royal Marines
A Holbeach teenager has seen his dreams come true by winning in a place in "the best military band in the world".
Corey Genovese (18) has been invited to join the Band of the Royal Marines, one of just 30 people in the country to do so.
After finishing his music and business studies at University Academy Holbeach (UAH) sixth form this summer, Corey is preparing to move to Devon where he will go through three years of military training at the Royal Marines' Commando Training Centre in Lympstone.
Corey, a member of 1406 (Spalding) Squadron Air Cadets , said: "If you had told me two years ago that I'd be getting an offer from the Band of the Royal Marines, I wouldn't have believed it.
"Both of my grandads were in the RAF so I originally looked at being an RAF engineer.
"But then I found out that with the Royal Marines, you could get a music degree and be part of the best military band in the world."
Corey, also a cornet player with Holbeach Town Band , came through a demanding recruitment process to earn his place as a Royal Marines trainee.
His tasks included an aptitude test "with weird questions to make sure your English and maths were alright", according to Corey, an interview with an Armed Forces careers officer, fitness and eye tests, thorough medical examination and musical audition.
Corey said: "I had to go to a gym and run a mile and a half, followed by an audition over the internet where the Royal Marines sent me a link to a video.
"It told you what musical exercises to do and the rhythm to do it to.
"I also had to prepare two pieces of music, as well as having a lot of assessments to test my music theory, skills and knowledge."
Corey has three reasons to celebrate with his family after adding a Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award to his Royal Marines place, A-Level Business and Oxford Cambridge and RSA (Royal Society of Arts) in Performing Arts qualifications from UAH.
"Without Mel Hopkin (musical director of Holbeach Town Band) and Lee Hextall, one of my music teachers at UAH who sorted out my trumpet playing technique, I wouldn't have got this fantastic opportunity to join the Royal Marines," Corey said.
"I think it's good to discover your passion at an early age and then set your life goals towards it."
Steph Genovese, Corey's father, said: "Myself and Corey's mum are extremely proud of him because this is what he wants to do."