October 1, 2022 marked the 46th celebration of Jaybirds Day! 

Jaybird’s Day 2022 was held indoors at the Company of Fifers & Drummers HQ and Museum in Ivoryton, CT. Jaybirds Day is our annual celebration of our “Old Timers”(technically, anyone over 60 qualifies) in the Fife and Drum community. Our 2022 Honored Jaybirds are Marty Bryan, Bob Castillo, Thomas DiSefano Jr, Michael Edson, Wayne Fournier, Jack Hannon, and Jim Ligouri. 

On October 1st, 75 people gathered together to celebrate our Jaybirds! Despite the dreary weather outside, the mood was happy and festive indoors. The morning started with coffee and pastries, visiting with friends and touring the museum. With the rain outdoors, we held lunch indoors and honored Jaybirds during it. The jam session started up shortly after.

Honored Jaybirds 2022 - Thomas DiSefano Jr, Marty Bryan, Michael Edson, and Jim Ligouri (Bob Castillo, Wayne Fournier, Jack Hannon not pictured)Honored Jaybirds 2022 - Thomas DiSefano Jr, Marty Bryan, Michael Edson, and Jim Ligouri 


Marty Bryan Jaybirds 2022Honored Jaybird Marty Bryan



 Bob Castillo Jaybirds 2022Honored Jaybird Bob Castillo


 Peter Michael Jaybirds 2022Peter Mason speaks about Honored Jaybird Michael Edson


Vicki Jim Jaybirds 2022Vicki Aley Miorelli speaks about Honored Jaybird Jim Ligouri.


Jack HannonHonored Jaybird Jack Hannon (file photo)


 wayne fournier yalesvilleWayne Fournier was honored posthumously


Archives Display Jaybirds 2022 Select display of donations made during 2022


This day would not have been possible without the help of dozens of volunteers! A big thanks to the following individuals and all who made the day possible from cleaning the building to making, preparing, and serving food.


Jaybirds Committee & Volunteers

  • Chair: Roberta Armstead
  • Co-Chair: Corinne Mitchell
  • Haley Armstead
  • Jim Willey
  • Judy Barrows
  • Kyle Forsthoff
  • Scott Mitchell