The pipes are calling five young Warrnambool bagpipers who are headed to Ireland next year to play at the Belfast International Tattoo.
The pipers were selected to join the Victorian Youth Pipe Band, the first Australian pipe band to be part of the internationally acclaimed Belfast tattoo in September.
The pipers selected were Calum Tait, Hannah Van Zyl, Zahli Clark, Ebony Ciccocioppo and Jordan Draffen.
They will join dozens of other young pipers and drummers who are already rehearsing for the trip.
A series of band camps are being held across the state between now and September next year to get the band in fine tune for their performance on the international stage.
Warrnambool and District Pipes and Drums Band pipe major Donald Blair said the musical experience would be very inspiring for the young players.
“One of the highlights will be joining on stage the Scottish youth band, who are world-class musicians,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for these young players to go over and mix with some of the top young players in the world.”
Youth pipe band spokesman Scott Nicholson said there were about 30 young players in the band aged between 11 and 19.
The band will perform at the three tattoos in Belfast that are usually performed in front of a sell-out crowd of 6500.
They will also join with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland in Belfast for a separate performance in the days before the tattoo next year.
Mr Nicholson said plans were still being finalised for the trip and other performances added to the pipers’ schedule.
“One of the significant things this year is that all the pipe bands will be youth and juvenile bands,” he said.
The venue, an ice hockey rink, will be converted to give it a Scottish feel with a castle projected on the back wall.
The players will be fundraising throughout the year to help pay for the trip.