October 7, 2023 marked the 47th celebration of Jaybirds Day!

2023 Honored Jaybirds2023 Honored Jaybirds are John Ciaglia, Skip Healy, John Benoit, Tishka Musco, Dave Hevrin, and Dave Angersola

Jaybird’s Day 2023 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 2023 Honored Jaybirds are Dave Angersola, John Benoit, John Ciaglia, Skip Healy, Dave Hevrin, and Tishka Musco.

On October 7th, 85 people gathered together to celebrate our Jaybirds! The morning started with coffee and pastries, visiting with friends and touring the museum.The rain held off and a jam session started up around 11:30.

Volunteer Richard RondeauRich Rondeau welcomed Jaybirds and Friends to the festivities.

The rain held off and we were able to jam outdoors.


We were all having a great time jamming, but hunger called and it was time to eat.

Volunteer Jan Maffisoli CookingJan Maffisoli manned the grill, cooking up delicious hot dogs and hamburgers.

Volunteer Sarah MacConduibhIndoors, Sarah MacConduibh organized all the food.


After jamming and eating, we headed indoors to celebrate our 2023 Jaybirds! The event was emcee’d by Corinne Mitchell and many members of the community took turns speaking about our Honored Jaybirds.




 View the pdf2023 Jaybird's Day Program for full bios on each honoree. 

We wrapped up with a bit more jamming!

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 gardening and cleaning the building to making, preparing, and serving food:

  • Jaybirds Committee & Volunteers
  • Chair: Corinne Mitchell
  • Co-Chair: Roberta Armstead
  • Sarah MacConduibh
  • Jess Peabody
  • Kyle Forsthoff
  • Scott Mitchell
  • Jan Maffisoli
  • Rich Rondeau
  • Bill Ralston
  • Paul Joseph
  • Diane Ciastko

It was a perfect day to celebrate our Jaybirds! Mark your calendars for next year - October 5, 2024!