Bandette of The Week

Bandette of The Week

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bandette of The Week Chrissy

This week, we take a look at the most-tenured member of the Bandettes squad, 5th year vet Chrissy. It seems like only yesterday she was a wide-eyed rookie just taking things in but she's grown a lot since 2011 and is a co-captain on the squad. Making co-captain should come as no surprise and is actually quite fitting given the fact that her willingness to help others is, she feels, her strongest character trait. Younger squadmates can and do go to her for help and have been doing so for a few years now. While she's more than comfortable in a leadership role, she's a little less so in the spotlight. She loves to dance but seems to prefer doing so as a part of a larger group and when it comes to photographs, while she's happy to pose for them, she doesn't seek it out like some of the camera hams on the squad. Luckily for the fans, this blonde bombshell is somewhere in the middle between camera ham and camera-shy.
You can read more about Chrissy at Chrissy's secondary photo comes from the Home Opener against Edmonton. Prior to the game, the Bandettes were handing out magnetic Bandits schedules to the fans and Chrissy was stationed at the top of the east bank of escalators along with rookies Brittany and Melanie.
Brittany, Melanie, and Chrissy

From the Jills comes a photo from the 2011-12 Buffalo Jills Adult Comedy Show. The Jills used to annually hold a comedy show to help raise money for their program. In January of 2012, the Jills hosted their comedy show at the Tralf Music Hall with master hypnotist Jerry Valley. Shown posing for a photo before the fans started coming in are Jenny, Emily, and Jami.
Jenny, Emily, and Jami

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Looking back at Lindsey's 2014 season as an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders

Lindsey at tryouts
Once again, we are taking a look at a Buffalo Jill who was fortunate enough to continue to cheer in 2014, albeit with another squad. Lindsey kind of started her career a few years before she tried out for the Jills. She was a frequent attendee at Jills events supporting her friend Lisa and it was only a matter of time before she joined the squad herself. Lindsey spent the 2010-12 seasons on the sidelines at the Ralph and even made co-captain for the 2013, serving under Lisa. However, she decided to leave the squad early on but the desire to cheer was still in her blood. After landing a job in the Atlanta area, she went after a spot as an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader and, to the surprise of no one, was named a member of the 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders!

Lindsey during a preseason game vs the Titans
Lindsey at an October game vs the Bears
Lindsey at the Falcons finale

You can see more high quality photos of Lindsey and her squadmates at
Lindsey also has some active public social media pages like her Facebook page, where she posted some photos taken from the recent Medal of Honor Bowl that she and some of her squadmates cheered at. She even met a Bills fan there!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bandette of The Week Lauren K

This week, we start off our 2015 Bandette of The Week series with 4th year vet Lauren K.  The writer for the Buffalo Dance Examiner and dance instructor is adding a new job to her resume in 2015, that of Buffalo Bandettes captain!
After conducting interviews with such stars as Vanessa Williams, Marlon Wayans, and Dancing With The Stars' Sasha Farber, her writing career is just getting started and she's planning on writing a book or two before long as well. She says her favorite foods are pretzels, peanut butter, and pizza which makes me wonder if she cares for Pizza Hut's new pretzel crust?
Lauren has been dancing since the age of 3, and maybe a little bit before that even and getting to dance on the pro level as a member of the NLL's premier dance squad is a dream come true for her, especially when you consider she's been going to Bandits games since she was in elementary school.

You can read more about Lauren at Lauren's secondary photo comes from the Bandits Open Practice after the squad's 1st performance and features members of the line that Lauren is the captain of this season. Shown from left to right are LaToya, Lauren, Syidah, Stephanie, Abby, and Cheri.
Lauren and Stephanie's line

From the Buffalo Jills comes a photo from the 2011 Buffalo Jills Golf Tournament. On occasion, relatives join pro cheerleading squads together, like in this case. Pictured are two young ladies who joined the squad as rookies in 2011. Briana and Jessica are just such an example. The two of them have always been close and when Jessica decided to try out, Briana was the only family member she case she didn't make it, disappointing their whole family. Briana decided to try out with her and, as luck would have it, they both made the squad!
Briana and Jessica

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A look back at Ashley's 2014 season as a TopCat

Sadly, the 2014 NFL season came and went with no Jills on the sideline thanks to the decision to shut the squad down by former Jills director Stephanie Mateczun. However, the Jills did have a pair of alumnae cheering on other teams this past season and doing a great job of it as well. The first of these two young ladies is 2008-09 Jills alum Ashley W. She joined the Jills along with a great rookie class in 2008 and returned in 2009 only to have to leave the squad late in the summer. With her fiery red hair and warm personality, she was joy not only to photograph, but to get to know while she was on the Jills. A few years ago, she and her boyfriend moved to North Carolina and it wasn't long before the urge to get back on the sidelines got her to try out for the Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleading squad. 2014 was her 3rd year on the TopCats and she spent it as a captain, imparting her wisdom on the younger girls on the squad.
Ashley at a Panthers-Lions game in September
Ashley during the October Panthers-Bears game

Ashley in the October Panthers-Seahawks game
Ashley in a November game vs the Falcons

See all the Panthers TopCats pics, including several more high quality shots of our Miss Ashley, at 
Next week, we'll take a look back at Lindsey C's season on the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders!

Friday, January 9, 2015

2013-14 Bandits Open Scrimmage-revisited

We finish up this look-back series with a look at the 2013-14 Buffalo Bandits Open Scrimmage. Instead of just a normal open practice in 2013, the Bandits instead invited the public to check out a preseason matchup with the Philadelphia Wings. The Bandettes first made an appearance for a pregame performance before circulating through the crowd posing for pics and talking to fans. I caught up with Kirsten's line first and when Danielle saw me, she grabbed rookie Mandy for a quick photo together the way Stephanie O did for her the year before. After that, the rest of the line saw me, giving me big smiles while posing for a photo before they went to greet more fans.
Mandy and Danielle

Kirsten's line
After they went on their way, I watched some more of the game before spotting L.B.'s line. I went over to greet them, with rookie Janelle the new face in the group. I got some big smiles from the group, including Ashley, back with the squad after a season off.
LB's line
You can see the pics at 
We start off our 2015 Buffalo Bandette of The Week series next week, leading off with Captain Lauren K, in her 4th year on the squad.

From the Buffalo Jills comes a photo from 2011. The Bills opened on the road that season and The Q Nightclub in Jamestown, NY held a season opener party complete with an appearance by the Buffalo Jills. Making the trek to the Southern Tier were Murissa and three rookies-Melissa, Jenny, and Myesha. The girls greeted fans, posed for photos, and even put on a performance at halftime.
Melissa, Jenny, Myesha, and Murissa