Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Jills at the Bills-Pats game

So far this season, both home Bills games have had rain in the forecast but thankfully, they've both had exceptional weather instead, which made things great for the fans both tailgating and in the stands as well as for the players. It also made things great for the Jills, who didn't have to cover up with ponchos like was expected and could perform all their routines and performances.
Jessica and Keisha with a member of the 1974 Buffalo Jills

After breaking away from my tailgate party, I wandered over to the 97Rock Tailgate Party where Jessica and Keisha were selling and signing calendars as well as posing for pictures. Jessica told me that she had dreamed the night before that the Bills would win and, even though her dream was off on the final score, she had to be happy about the final result anyway. Nearby, Amanda F was working with DJ Jickster, known as the Jills #2 fan, with other promotions for 97Rock, one of the main sponsors of the Buffalo Jills.
Ruby, Shannon, and Courteney

After that, it was off to the Shredd and Ragan Tailgate Party in Lot C where Ruby and Courteney were posing for lots of photos and Shannon was helping out The Edge with some promotions while Laura and Alyssa were at a private party there at the Tailgate.
Christina's line

Natalie and Christina
Dance captains Christina, Omarlla, and Valerie posing for the camera
Before long, Christina's line arrived on the scene for their performance in Lot C. One thing introduced at the Shredd and Ragan Tailgate Party last year was this performance by several dancers on the Jills and it was very well-received by the fans. This season, they added on another performance at 10am and instead of taking volunteers among the dancers to perform, one line is chosen each week. After posing as a line for several photos, the girls put on a high energy performance before posing in small groups with the fans for photos. After they performed and posed for a lot of photos, I headed back to my tailgate party to get things put away and then head into the stadium for the game.
Kelly, Valerie, and Gabrielle

Jills Choreographer Kelli makes a rare gameday appearance with Steph
Jaclyn and Emily about to come out for 2nd half

Lindsey, Bri, Jaclyn, Gabrielle, and Amanda V cheering at the end of the game

The game itself was one that Bills fans will remember for many years. For one, the Bills came back from an 18-point deficit 2 weeks in a row, something that has never happened before in the NFL with any team. For another, the win came after 15 straight losses to New England, and that was despite some seriously biased officiating early on. The last time the Bills won over the Pats*, Omarlla was the only current Jill on the team and Steph and Kelli were in their 2nd years running the squad. 

Next up, the Jills will be continuing to work with over 100 Buffalo Jills alumni on getting ready for a huge pregame performance before the Eagles game on October 9th for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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