Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bandette of The Week Chrissy

This week, we take a look at 3rd year vet Chrissy as our Buffalo Bandette of The Week. Over the years, as girls spend more time on the Bandettes or the Jills, they grow a lot as young women. Chrissy is one of those girls who's grown the most it seems. In her rookie year, she was very quiet and reserved, except when performing, obviously. Her confidence and leadership qualities have grown each year since then, though. I think, in her rookie season, she may have spoken a sentence or so to me all season but at the Bandettes open workshop her 2nd season, she was a lot more talkative and outgoing. This year though, she did even more as, at the Open Workshop with captain Kirsten and acting co-captain Chelsea both unable to attend, she stepped up and led her line as they visited with fans that day. At the pre-game parties at Cobblestone, when Kirsten's line is there, Kirsten will generally lead one group of girls around the bar selling raffle tickets while Chrissy leads the other group. Something tells me that's something she would've never expected to do after her rookie season. I myself have to admit I'm impressed with every new undertaking she takes on. There's one thing that definitely hasn't changed in regards to Chrissy though and for that, as a photographer, I'm thankful. She's always been one of the prettiest girls to step in front of my camera lens. You can read more about Chrissy at Chrissy's secondary photo comes from the game against the Philadelphia Wings and was taken while the girls were getting set to head out for their first intermission performance. Shown posing for the camera are Jessica, Chrissy, and Stephanie with Ashley, Kirsten, and Chelsea posing outside that little group.

Buffalo Jill of The Week Ashley

This week, we take a look at rookie ambassador Ashley as our Buffalo Jill of The Week. Currently a senior in college, she's looking at law school in the fall with the goal of becoming a lawyer, with a focus in corporate law. Unlike the Jills' last aspiring lawyer, however, she plans to stay in the Buffalo area when she finishes her degree. What drove her to this choice in her career is something only she can answer but considering her favorite show is The Firm, we can speculate that the Tom Cruise movie of the same name, also a prequel to the tv show, may have had something to do with it. Regardless of how she chose to go into law, if she can handle the case load, we could be seeing her as a Jill for a few more years if she goes to law school in the Buffalo area. You can read more about Ashley at Ashley's secondary photo comes from the Bills' season finale against the Jets. Shown posing for a photo before the game are Lindsey V, Ashley, and Laura.

Lindsey V, Ashley, and Laura

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Vote for Danielle as NLL Girl of The Week!

Buffalo didn't fare too well a few weeks ago in the NLL Girl of The Week voting...Calgary really pushed hard to win that round but we now have another chance to work on making sure the NLL Girl of The Year title stays in Buffalo. In her rookie season as a Bandette, Danielle pushed hard to return to dancing after serious spinal surgery. Instead of taking a year to make it back, she did it in a month. If that isn't deserving of a title, I don't know what is!
Go to to vote for Danielle and vote often!
Last year's NLL Girl of The Week, Stephanie, with Danielle

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bandette of The Week Brianna N

This week, we take a look at rookie Brianna N as our Buffalo Bandette of The Week. Primarily doing suite visits on gamedays, Brianna loves to dance so much that she has hopes to open her own dance studio and works as a dance choreographer when she's not performing her duties as a Bandette. Considering it's a known fact that, in addition to the work of head choreographer Erin, members of the Bandettes squad contribute choreography to their performances each season, I'd be very surprised not to see some of Brianna's work sometime this season. You can read more about Brianna at Brianna's secondary photo comes from the Bandits pregame party at Cobblestone where LB's line was visiting with fans and selling raffle tickets. Shown posing for a photo are LB, MaKenzie, Brianna N, and Kelsey.
LB, MaKenzie, Brianna N, and Kelsey

Buffalo Jill of The Week Dana

This week, we take a look at blonde cutie Dana as our Buffalo Jill of The Week. A rookie in 2012, it's actually kind of surprising she waited so long to try out for the Jills in the 1st place as she's been friends with the 3 Musketeers (Alyssa B, Nicole L, and Kristen E) for several years. Finally, in 2012, after a lot of prodding by her friends I'm guessing, she tried out and served on the Ambassador Squad alongside Alyssa and got to make a lot more friends in doing so although, in Dana's case, those were mostly rookies that were on the squad as she frequently spent time with several of the vets on the squad before joining. With Jills tryouts coming up, it should be noted that while the Jills don't receive much as far as pay, there are benefits such as free Lasik surgery for a pair of girls per year. Two years ago, as anyone watching Buffalo TV knows, Lindsey C was one of the lucky recipients. In 2012, Dana was one of the girls who got the Lasik. You can read more about Dana at Dana's secondary photo is from the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers when she got to do promotions in the stands during the game. Here she is posing for a photo in the tunnel with Laura.

Dana and Laura

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Bandettes at the Bandits-Knighthawks Game

Saturday night was not a night that Banditland will ever want to remember with a 15-7 thrashing at the hands of the Rochester Knighthawks and, truth be told, the biggest positive of the night was the debut of the Bandettes' new uniforms. Saturday, the Bandettes hit up the hair salon for a few new hairstyles, notably Jessica and Cheri, and shot their new poster, which should hopefully be available in the next few weeks.
Stephanie, Kirsten, Brianna V, and Chelsea
Brianna A, Danielle, Lauren K, and Chrissy
I hit up the pregame party at Cobblestone where Kirsten's line was onhand selling raffle tickets for a 50-50 pot and various Bandits prizes. After prizes were distributed and a few photos were taken, it was over to the Arena where the Bandettes were soon to perform showing off some new uniforms they only got this past week.
Kelsey and MaKenzie in the new uniforms
LB and Jessica pose in their new uniforms
Cheri shows off her new hairstyle for the camera
Kelsey, Chelsea, Danielle, Lauren K, Alicia, Kirsten, and MaKenzie
Kirsten, Brianna A, Chrissy, Lauren K, and Chelsea performing in the 3rd quarter
Brianna A, Cheri, Danielle, and Chrissy performing
Danielle, Chrissy, and Kelsey
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Next up for the Bandettes, they have a few weeks to prepare for the next home game with the Bandits not back at First Niagara Center until March 1 as they host the Philadelphia Wings.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Bandette of The Week Brianna A

This week we take a look at rookie Brianna A as our Buffalo Bandette of The Week. One of the tallest members on the squad, Brianna is not only an accomplished dancer but, while cheering, made it to the National Championships and even the World Championships in Daytona. She's definitely not your average cheerleader/dancer with those credentials. When she's not shaking her pom-poms though, she can usually be found spending time with her boyfriend who, judging by the way she talks about him in her bio, will probably be spoiling her on Valentine's Day, during which she'll be the reigning Bandette of The Week this season. You can read more about Brianna at Brianna's secondary photo comes from the Bandits Open Practice held in December. Shown posing for a photo in the concourse between performances are rookies Amanda C, Brianna A, and Brianna N.

Buffalo Jill of The Week Eileen

This week, we take a look at rookie Ambassador Eileen as our Buffalo Jill of The Week. Unfortunately, Eileen was apparently an early departure from the squad so photos are at a minimum. Originally from South America, Eileen spends her time as an event coordinator and loves Buffalo because of all the food, the sights, and the people she's close to. With her love of Mexican food, one has to wonder how much time she spends at Mighty Taco, a former primary sponsor of the Jills. As much as she loves Buffalo though, there's still a longing for her original home that shows in her love of surfing. She'd even love to be a pro surfer if she could get a sponsorship. Short of that, she's found a way to get her surfing in while still in Western NY with a lot of snowboarding during the winter months.  You can read more about Eileen at

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

More from the Jills in Mexico City

Alyssa K, Val, Christina, Laura, Omarlla, Emmy, and Kelsey H
On Super Bowl weekend, 7 of the Buffalo Jills were in Mexico City visiting with fans and putting on dance performances, helping to expand the NFL's reach outside the United States. In addition to several photos being taken, which you can find by following us on Facebook or Twitter, a number of videos were shot of the performances.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Vote for Chelsea as NLL Girl of The Week!

It's that time again as has started up their NLL Girl of The Week competitions. Similar to last year, a girl from opposing squads will be pitted against one another each week with the winner advancing to the next round of the competition. Last year, rookie Bandette and camera ham Stephanie O brought home the title of NLL Girl Of The Year. To start this season's competition, 4th year vet Chelsea, also a noted camera ham, faces off against Jacq of the Calgary Drill Crew. The voting goes through next Tuesday so vote for Chelsea and vote often. Let's keep the title in Buffalo!!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Bandettes at the Bandits-Rock game

LB, MaKenzie, Brianna N, and Kelsey at Cobblestone
The Bandits game Saturday night was a big was for 1st place in the NLL East against Toronto. I started out the evening at Cobblestone where the pregame party was about to be held. This week, it was LB's line on hand to greet fans and sell raffle tickets, not only for a 50-50 draw, but for tickets to the next home game.
Stephanie and Brianna V
Amanda in stereo with Lauren K

Jessica and Chrissy, two of the prettiest blondes to ever step in front of a camera
Starting the 3rd intermission routine
Danielle, Chrissy, and Amanda T in action
Chrissy and Chelsea cheering on a Bandits goal
The game itself wasn't one to write home about, unless you're a Toronto fan. Penalities and poor play were the story of the night as the Rock went home with a 14-12 win that could've easily been a lot more of a blowout had the Bandits not clawed their way out of a 7-2 deficit in the 2nd quarter.
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Next up for the Bandettes is another home game next Saturday night as the Bandits' Thruway rivals, the Rochester Knighthawks, come to town

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Lisa in Hawaii

This year, 6th year vet and 2nd year co-captain Lisa was the one chosen by her squadmates to represent the Buffalo Jills in Hawaii's Pro Bowl last week and Pro Bowl Dan was on-hand all week long grabbing hundreds of shots of Lisa and the representatives of the other 25 NFL Cheerleading squads.

See just some of the rest of the photos at!cpZZ2QQtppZZ24 and stay tuned to Ultimate for a lot more photos of Lisa and her Pro Bowl Squadmates!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Bandette of The Week Danielle

This week, we take a look at stunning redhead Danielle as our Buffalo Bandette of The Week. In her rookie season, Danielle has been dancing on Kirsten's line and it wasn't that long ago that there were fears that she might not dance again...or at the very least be a long time before she danced. Serious spinal surgery made her hold off dancing but rather than the year that doctors told her it would be, it was actually only a month. She's not all about dancing though as she teaches daycare as well as dance  and hopes to one day open her own bakery. You can read more about Danielle at Danielle's secondary photo is from the Home Opener and taken during 1st intermission when the Bandettes were waiting to perform. Shown posing for the camera are Danielle, Kelsey, Alicia, and Lauren K.
Danielle, Kelsey, Alicia, and Lauren K

Buffalo Jill of The Week Alyssa U

This week, we take a look at blonde beauty Alyssa U as our Buffalo Jill of The Week. Dancing on Val's line between Melissa and Krystin on gamedays, she's pretty much always wearing a friendly smile. A college graduate shortly after making the Jills, she's been a zumba fitness instructor for several years and is working on utilizing her degree in Business Administration in opening up her own store one of these days. If she really gets her way though, she'll be able to leave the store in good hands and have it bringing in money while she travels the world as a food taste-tester. Of course with all the world-class food you can find in Buffalo, she wouldn't have to travel much if she wants to try different things. You can read more about Alyssa at Alyssa's secondary photo comes from the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was taken in the 1st quarter. Shown in a sideline shot are members of Val's line...Nicole S, Lisa, Alyssa U, and Melissa.
Nicole S, Lisa, Alyssa U, and Melissa
Meet Alyssa in this short video shot at 1st cuts last year with intro by Jills Choreographer Kelli Wagner

Alyssa is on the right in this video of her performance at last spring's 1st cuts.