As a child, Corey Wilkes was surrounded by the sounds of Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk and Jazz.
He picked up the trumpet for the first time at the age of 10. Starting with the school band,
Corey's natural talent immediately began to flourish. He dominated his peers in both
group and solo competitions, always taking first place.
His confidence and maturity were well beyond his years. As a student at Rich South High
School in Richton Park, Illinois, his hard work and dedication secured a spot in the Illinois
All State Honors Jazz Combo; the first student in the school's history to do so.
Corey further honed his craft at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts