Teenage soldiers and musicians will make their mark at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show, which opened Friday and continues through March 10 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown.
This year local young people portraying colored regiment Union soldiers will participate in Gettysburg 150, an exhibition that marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with exhibits including a Union Army camp, field hospital, and uniforms and artifacts from Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.
On weekends, Civil War re-enactors will demonstrate drills, weaponry and other aspects of soldiers' lives before answering questions for visitors. The teenage musicians will play traditional drum and fife music that soldiers would have marched to and played while going into battle.
"For these high school students portraying drummers in a colored regiment, it's very rewarding to play in front of an audience that is interested in the Civil War," said Tim Neff, director of education at Soldiers & Sailors.
This week, he and others were working to finish the exhibit on the second floor at the northeast end of the convention center. One section shows uniforms and gear from soldiers in wars throughout American history.
"The first thing you'll see with the exhibit is this time tunnel, which starts with Iraq and the two World Wars before opening up on a big Civil War encampment with tents and cannons and home front displays," Mr. Neff said.
In the second-floor lobby, the CAPA House Band again performs jazz at the Crawford Grill/PGU Showcase Stage. This is the sixth year that students from Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 have performed jazz standards under the direction of bassist Paul Thompson, adjunct teacher. This year's bandleader is saxophonist Terrell Williams.
Its members and their instruments are: Omri Barak, trumpet; Peter Bartholomew, bass; John Brosovich, violin; Cornelio Coates, drums; Braná Hill, vocals; Anna Lowe, bass; Noah McDonald, trombone; Angelo Ragghianti, vocals; Jacob Shawhan, guitar; Josh Shawhan, drums; Lex Simakas, piano; Matt Skinger, saxophone; Simon Vullo, piano; and Jason Washington Jr., drums.
Noel Um: firstname.lastname@example.org. Kevin Kirkland contributed to this story.