They might not hold the same status as the guitar or drums, but for Jordan Thomas playing the bagpipes is just as cool.
The 21-year-old is among 12 members of the St Andrews Caledonian Pipe Band who will travel to Scotland in July as part of a whirlwind tour culminating at the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green.
Here, the band will join forces with Canadian pipe band Sons of Scotland among a showcase of 8000 pipers and drummers from all over the world.
For Mr Thomas, the opportunity to learn the bagpipes was something introduced to him at school. Now, 10 years later, he said he has been playing ever since.
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"I was in grade six and someone brought them into assembly," he said.
"I remember just thinking - 'why not'. I just love it.
"Despite the misconceptions, it is a really cool instrument to play."
Mr Thomas is part a new generation of Tasmanian pipers committed to keeping the historic tradition alive, with half of the St Andrews' band members travelling to Scotland aged under 21.
During the 18-day tour they will perform with nine other pipe bands, including at a street carnival and a highland game.
Mr Thomas said the opportunity to learn more about Scotland was too good to pass up.
"It will be so good to experience the culture, right there in person," he said.
Before jetting overseas, the band will perform Celtic Force at Theatre North on June 29.
For tickets visit Theatre North's website.