Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Your 2016 Buffalo Bandettes!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Jills at the 2006 Preliminary Audition Event-revisited

This look-back feature focuses on a trial event held prior to 2006 tryouts that was meant to spark some extra interest in tryouts. To accomplish this, the Jills invaded the Marriott in Amherst for an evening of dancing and a little contest. A few weeks prior, the Bandettes helped run the Cheer For A Cure competition at the Flickinger Center downtown. One of the squads in that competition happened to be coached by one of the Jills. During a break in the action at the competition, I got a chance to talk to her, Amanda W, who was pretty excited to know I'd be at tryouts and also told me she was just about to celebrate her 21st birthday. At the event, she hadn't seen me at first so I tapped her on the shoulder and asked her if she was old enough to be there, which of course brought out the biggest smile.
Amanda W, Elizabeth, and Kelly
For most of the event, it was like a typical night out. The girls danced, mingled, and partied like any night out. If not for the name tags, you wouldn't have known they were Jills. It wasn't just a regular night out however and the new events dance squad of Jamie R, Amanda P, Omarlla, Kaitlin M, Eileen, and Aimee performed in uniform to "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."
Jamie R, Amanda P, Omarlla, Kaitlin M, Eileen, and Aimee

Before their performance however, it was time for a contest and what this contest entailed was to get some girls who were thinking about trying out for the Jills to dance on stage and be judged. They took 6 girls for the contest and in addition to having them perform, interviewed them in front of everyone with Rich "Bull" Gaenzler doing the honors. When all was said and done, two girls each named Jen made the cut, which meant they'd get extra consideration at 1st cuts in tryouts.
Danielle giving the contestants some support

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