Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP officially welcomed James Morrison and the James Morrison Academy Jazz Orchestra to Parliament House in Canberra this week putting Mount Gambier in the national spotlight to an audience of our Nations leaders.Sponsored by the University of South Australia and the City of Mount Gambier and organised by the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Music, James Morrison and his students showcased their talents in a concert in Parliament House on Tuesday night.

Tony Pasin formally introduced and welcomed Mr Morrison who gave a short performance before he took a break to speak to the packed room of Ministers, Members of Parliament, staff and Members of National Press Gallery about the his academy and why Mount Gambier was chosen as its location.

“James Morrison is a wonderful ambassador for Mount Gambier,” Mr Pasin said.

“Although my colleagues in Canberra must tire of hearing me sprook the wonderful city of Mount Gambier and impress upon them its potential for many industry sectors to succeed, it’s really nice to be able to bring one of our treasurers here so they can see for themselves the fantastic talent we have.

“Hearing someone like James Morrison speak glowingly about the virtues of our city adds weight to my argument,” said Mr Pasin.

Mr Pasin explained to the crowd that as a community we want Jazz to be synonymous with Mount Gambier as Country Music is to Tamworth and encouraged all to visit South Australia’s second largest city to experience it for themselves.


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