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November 27, 2009

The Lakes Entrance Secondary College Band enjoyed the rare opportunity to play in the Great Hall at Parliament House in Canberra this week as part of a tour of the ACT.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed the students to Canberra and was on hand to listen to their performance.

Mr Chester also took the opportunity to take the band members and staff on a behind-the-scenes tour of Parliament House and said it was great to see a local school venturing to Canberra to put their talents on display.

“The band was on a tour of ACT schools and they also had the opportunity to perform at Parliament House,” Mr Chester said.

“I was very impressed by the band’s performance and they managed to attract quite a crowd of visiting school groups and tourists as they played in the Great Hall.

“Being able to perform in the nation’s Parliament is a rare opportunity and the students did a fantastic job.

“Judging by the talent on display, I’m sure that the band members will go on to have very bright futures.

“By providing opportunities for regional students to showcase their talent and skills we can encourage them to follow their passion and reach their full potential.

“We must support regional students so that they have every opportunity to achieve their future aspirations.”

Mr Chester also took the students on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Parliament, including a visit to both the House of Representatives and the Senate Chamber.

“The students asked plenty of questions and hopefully this visit helps them to understand the Parliamentary system better and allows them to recognise the importance of our democracy,” Mr Chester said.

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