Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Red Zone Cheerleaders looking for a few more good young women

We know that there are tons of beautiful, talented women right here in Western New York.  We know that WNY women LOVE their BUFFALO BILLS.  We know that you love to DANCE.....so where are you?

The BUFFALO JILLS have been missing from the sidelines at the Ralph much too long.  That doesn't mean that everyone has to stop and wait until they return.  Why not keep dancing, interact with other BILLS fans and enjoy the thrill of gameday excitement?

Practices are once a week at Catalyst Fitness on Wehrle Drive in Williamsville.  You are required to be at the Ralph on Gamedays prior to kick off.  The time commitment is geared toward young, professional women.

Where else would you have the opportunity to meet new people, dance, share your excitement with other passionate BILLS fans?

We hope that you will think it over, stop texting & playng Pokemon Go and have some real honest to goodness fun!

What better way can you think of to keep in shape, have fun and touch so many people?  Think about it and give us a try!  You might just like us!  Hope to see you at Catalyst tonight 7:45-10.  If not this week, then next week!  Just email us at buffaloredzone@gmail.com or call (716) 679-8114.and let us know to expect you!  GO BILLS!  GO RZC!

As long as the Jills aren't in action, there is a great need for young women to take care of personal appearances and charity events. In 2008, even with 48 girls on the Buffalo Jills, they had trouble filling all the requests so while you won't be able to be on the sidelines this season, you are definitely in high demand. Also, when the Jills do return, girls who have kept practicing and in shape will have a leg up on the competition.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Red Zone Cheerleaders Auditions upcoming and a big Teasers anniversary gig planned

Hey Ladies!!! Love to Cheer? Love to Dance?? Love Football? We want YOU to join our team! Audition for the 2016 RED ZONE CHEERLEADERS! If you have a passion to perform, tailgate with the Buffalo faithful, meet die hard BILLS fans and just have fun RZC is definitely for you! Auditions are being held Wednesday June 15th at Buffalo Envy All Stars. Meet Coach Jen Newell and former Buffalo JILLS Cheerleaders. Call or email for more info! Hope to see you there!

6 years ago, The Teasers, with lead singer Aimee L of the 2003 Buffalo Jills, were formed. They broke up a few years ago but have started having a few reunion gigs here and there. June 18 looks to be their biggest one yet with a 6th Anniversary Bash at Scruples Bar in Newfane.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Special notice-Blog going on indefinite hiatus

In 2001, this site was founded with 1 goal in mind...to provide positive exposure to Buffalo's pro cheerleaders, exposure that was sorely lacking prior to that. The very first order of business was to get the approval of the director of the Buffalo Jills. That approval came easily as I had met her the fall before and she understood that her squad would be treated with fairness and class. Over the years, the site evolved to give that same coverage to Buffalo's other professional squads. At first, the coverage was pretty basic and simple...a few photos here and there. In 2005, we expanded greatly and started working closely with the Buffalo Jills organization, providing more coverage and photography while instituting the popular Jill of The Week series, a series started to ensure that each of the hard-working women got a chance to shine on her own. We followed that up by working with the Bandettes in the same way.
In 2012, a new company took control of the Buffalo Jills and they made a lot of rules changes, including restricting fan access. We did our best to continue to provide the best coverage we could under the restrictions but the new way of running the squad eventually sparked a lawsuit and Stejon decided to shut down operations altogether.
The Bandettes, who had originally been put together by the Jills, had long before gone under the control of the Bandits organization and were not affected by Stejon's move. Our coverage of the Bandettes has been going strong for 11 seasons but unforeseen circumstances have put that to a premature end. Two weeks ago, near the end of the last Bandits home game, a security guard I had never seen before came over to me and made some rather nasty and obnoxious accusations about the work I was doing. To be honest, it was rather unnerving. People over the last few weeks have told me to just ignore what he was saying since I had the support of the Bandettes squad and the work I was doing was completely respectful and positive.
Unfortunately, tonight, early in the game, that same security guard was there and was no less obnoxious and even resorted to name-calling towards me and others as well as threats towards me. As much as I want to continue to provide the coverage that thousands of readers have come to expect over the years, I had to leave because I wasn't sure how safe I'd be there. Who was behind this, I can't say for sure, whether it be just this one obnoxious person or whether it goes beyond him as he claimed.
With the Jills still shut down for a 3rd season now and with the unsafe atmosphere at First Niagara Center, there won't be enough content to keep the whole Blog running for the time being. We'll continue to share important updates on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloProCheerBlog/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/buffaloprocheer
When the Jills are reinstated and/or things are straightened out safety-wise at First Niagara Center, we hope to be back up and running with the class and decency this Blog has been known for. This blog is my legacy and I refuse to let someone's lack of integrity destroy that legacy. My only regret is that this issue will deprive the fans, the Bandettes present and future, and their families of the coverage they've come to expect. My apologies to all those this news will disappoint but some things are just beyond my control.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bandette of The Week...the 2016 Buffalo Bandettes

This week, we're taking a look at the 2016 Bandettes squad as a whole. It's not something we normally do but this year's squad has really called for it and let me explain why. Being a cheerleading/dance team coach, especially in the pros, is an incredibly taxing job. It's not as simple as scheduling practices and telling people what to do. There's a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes like taking appearance requests, coordinating those with the ladies on the squad, coordinating performances and gameday duties with the parent organization, choosing performances, uniforms, and so much more. This season, Erin has stepped back to a part-time advisory role and Mandy and Stephanie have become full-time coaches as well as helping MaKenzie and Janelle in their roles as the actual captains. Making things more difficult was the fact that only 6 of last season's Bandettes returned, with 1 returning alum and a total of 8 brand-new rookies.
The Bandettes in late March
The 2016 squad has been exceptional in my opinion because of how they pulled together.  Stephanie and Mandy jumped into the roles of coaches at tryout time while continuing to perform alongside their squad, Between them, MaKenzie, and Janelle, the two gameday captains, and Jennifer, the appearance captain, they have provided strong leadership and the entire squad has shown the dedication and desire to put together an outstanding product. The Bandettes have long been known for being a close-knit team that is generally resistant to the cliquishness that can pop up on larger squads. They took that a step further this season, I believe. When rookie Sarah found out she was going to be leaving for her dream job out of town, her squadmates made her final month as a Bandette as special as possible. Stephanie even told her they could FaceTime with her during practice after she left if she wanted to see what they were doing or even learn a routine. The way the captains and coaches have kept things going and the whole squad pulled together all season long is something that I know Erin is as proud of as I am impressed by.
Bandettes coaches and gameday captains Mandy, MaKenzie, Janelle, and Stephanie
They had one extra thing to overcome as, for some unknown reason, the Bandits organization didn't update their website in regards to the Bandettes. The girls all submitted bios and the photos were available but the link to the Bandettes page instead went to their Facebook page instead. It could very well have derailed our Bandette of The Week series this season but we had some help making sure it could go on. In addition to her duties as coach and everything she has going on in her private life, Mandy asked questions of her squad to help us put together a great series this year. I know this season's series has been pretty popular and I wish I could take all the credit for that but a lot of the credit should go to the squad for letting us know who they are in a way a generic bio just can't do.

From the Jills comes a photo from the 2012 Buffalo Bills season ticket holder draft party. Some of the players were greeting fans in the locker room and before taking off for the evening, Arthur Moats brought his daughter Kaylor by to meet the Jills. Shown posing with Kaylor are Christina, Lisa, Omarlla, Courteney, Loren, and Emily.
Christina, Lisa, Omarlla, Courteney, Loren, and Emily with Kaylor Moats

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bandette of The Week Stephanie

This week, we finish up our 2016 Bandette of the Week series by taking a look at 5th year vet Stephanie.  After serving as a co-captain last season, the longest-tenured vet on the squad is now not only a captain, but along with fellow captain Mandy, has been a coach for the squad as well ever since tryouts. Being a coach/captain is only the latest accomplishment in a fulfilling career for her after 1st getting named NLL Girl of The Year her rookie season and getting her picture on preseason publications the following year. Her sense of humor is only matched by her sense of responsibility and is a natural leader on the Bandettes with not only her experience but her personality. It's said that a boss stands back and tells you what to do but a leader shows you by example and Steph has been setting a great example to everyone around her for years. She's hardworking always with a smile on her face and treats everyone with warmth and sincerity. One would think someone with her beauty might be unapproachable but she's as easy to talk to as anyone I know. It doesn't matter if she's just met you or she's known you for years, she's still going to be genuine and fun to be around. Stephanie's secondary photo is from the Home Opener against Edmonton. While greeting fans coming into the game, MaKenzie and Stephanie posed for this photo together.
MaKenzie and Stephanie

From the Jills comes a photo from the 2009 Jills Open Workshop. One of the things that the veterans look forward to most is reconnecting with squadmates they hadn't seen in over a month. Posing for this photo shortly after showing up to learn the routine at Fusion are Ayeshia and Valerie.
Ayeshia and Valerie