Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bandette Day Party announced!

The evening after the 2011-12 Bandits Open Practice, the Bandettes held a meet-and-greet at Cobblestone in which fans could not only meet the squad, but win raffle prizes to help the Bandettes organization.
That event is back this season with the party happening in the afternoon. The 2016-17 Bandits Open Practice hasn't been announced just yet but we expect info on that soon. The event goes from noon to 3 on December 10 at Cobblestone just a short walk away from the arena. Tickets are $15 apiece and include 2 drink tickets.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bandits schedule released!

Today, the National Lacrosse League released their 2017 regular season schedule so we now know when we'll be able to see the Buffalo Bandits, and Bandettes, in action at the newly renamed KeyBank Center. All but 1 of the 9 home games will have the typical 7:30pm start with the March 3rd game against Rochester facing off at 7pm, the day before the teams meet again in Rochester's Blue Cross Arena at 1pm.

  • Fri.    Dec. 30    vs. Colorado    7:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    Jan. 14    vs. Georgia    7:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    Jan. 21     vs. Vancouver    7:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    Jan. 28    at New England    7:00 p.m.
  • Fri.    Feb. 3    at Toronto    7:30 p.m.
  • Fri.    Feb. 17    vs. New England     7:30 p.m.
  • Sun.    Feb. 19    at New England    1:00 p.m.
  • Sat.    Feb. 25    vs. Toronto    7:30 p.m.
  • Fri.    March 3    vs. Rochester    7:00 p.m.
  • Sat.    March 4    at Rochester    1:00 p.m.
  • Fri.    March 17    at Vancouver    10:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    March 25    at Rochester    7:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    April 1    vs. Saskatchewan    7:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    April 8    at Calgary    9:00 p.m.
  • Fri.    April 14    at Toronto    7:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    April 15    at Georgia    7:05 p.m.
  • Sat.    April 22    vs. Georgia    7:30 p.m.
  • Sat.    April 29    vs. Toronto    7:30 p.m.

Regarding the Bandettes, they already held one audition workshop last night at KeyBank Center and are holding another one Thursday night at 6:30 in the Lexus Club. Tryouts themselves are next week!

As far as the coverage of the Bandettes that we've provided for the last 11 seasons resuming after what happened with an obnoxious security guard at the end of last season, that's still up in the air. This site is for the fans as well as for the ladies who make up Buffalo's Pro Cheerleading/Dance squads but if someone has it in for the fans and the Bandettes that much, there's not much we can do. We're hopeful that things can be resolved because it would be a shame if the 2017 squad gets deprived of the same treatment past squads have gotten because of some classless person.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bandettes tryouts announced!

The only current official pro dance squad in Buffalo has just announced tryout dates and their audition prep class dates.
First up is the optional audition prep class. This year, there will be two of them and interested dancers can take either one or both if they want. The first will be Monday, September 19 while the second will be held on Thursday, September 22. The extra date will not only enable those young ladies an extra opportunity to try it out in case their schedules won't allow them to on one of the days, but will also enable some extra prep in helping them to make the 2017 Buffalo Bandettes squad. Both classes start at 6:30pm and cost $25 each to attend. If you choose to attend both, the cost is only $40. Classes take place at the Lexus Club in the First Niagara Center. Please wear comfortable dance clothes and sneakers for these classes.

The tryout dates this year will be September 28th and 29th at 6:30pm and also will take place in the Lexus Club. A $25 registration fee is required. The 1st night, you will be taught a routine to perform on the 2nd night. Routines are typically about a minute long and if you make the squad, you'll perform it in front of the fans at games a few different times during the 2017 Buffalo Bandits season.
The first night, when you will learn the routine, please wear comfortable dance clothes and sneakers.
The 2nd night, you'll need a business casual outfit for an interview and sports bra, dance shorts, tan tights, and sneakers. Full hair and makeup is also a requirement for the 2nd night so look your best! As a professional dance team member, a high school diploma is required and the age requirement is 18 years old. Also, you'll be asked to bring a head shot to auditions.

This year, the Bandettes will only take young ladies with a minimum of 3 years of dance experience. However, if you don't meet that requirement and feel you can do well enough without that background, please attend the audition prep classes and let Mandy and Stephanie know you'd like to be considered.
If there are any further questions, email and the coaches will do their best to answer any questions you may have.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Cheerleaders reunion bittersweet as reminder that Jills no longer exist

They are now investment advisers and firefighters. Figure skaters and engineers.

But once upon a time, they were NFL cheerleaders.

This weekend, 300 former cheerleaders representing 24 National Football League teams gathered in Buffalo for an all-year reunion.

Hosted by the Buffalo Jills Alumni, the two-day event this weekend included a trip to Niagara Falls, a “Taste of Buffalo” cocktail party and a lot of bling.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Buffalo Jills Alumni Association to showcase Buffalo in upcoming NFL cheerleader reunion weekend

In a few short weeks, cheerleaders from 27 NFL teams will gather in Buffalo for a reunion weekend. The event is scheduled to take place Aug. 5 and 6.

“If you can imagine a sisterhood of girls coming together and feeling like they all have something in common, that’s what it is like,” said Lori Marino, president of the Buffalo Jills Alumni Association. “It’s such an exciting and rewarding event.”

The event Marino is referring to is the third National Football Cheerleaders Alumni Organization Reunion, which is held every two years. This year it coincides with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Buffalo Jills Alumni Association.