Twirlers

Amy West

amywestAmy West, current third year at the University and Cavalier Marching Band Feature Twirler, has been twirling with the Poquoson Islanderettes of her hometown since she was three years old. She began competing at the age of five and has won many state and national titles, also representing twirling through the AAU Junior Olympics and Disney’s Twirl Mania Gold. Amy graduated from Poquoson High School, where she was feature twirler all four years. Today she helps coach young twirlers with the Islanderettes, as well as the Richmond Royalettes with Jacob, Kayla, and Breanna.

Amy plans to major in Psychology and to pursue a Masters at the Curry School in Elementary Education. Since she was very young, Amy has known she wanted to teach kindergarten, as well as coach baton twirling. Along with twirling for the CMB, Amy keeps busy by playing on the UVA Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, Hydra, and by participating in the University Salsa Club.

“I look forward to five great years of twirling with the Cavalier Marching Band. It is an honor to represent the University and stand as a role model for all hard-working, intelligent twirlers. I have never experienced anything like seeing myself on Hoovision, or running out to the Cavalier Fanfare for thousands of my fellow Wahoos.”


Jacob Griffith 
jacobGriffithJacob Griffith, a current third year at Piedmont Virginia Community College, is looking forward to the upcoming years with the Cavalier Marching Band. Graduating from Manchester High School in Richmond  Virginia and also coming from the Royalettes Baton Corps of Richmond, he is planning on stunning the crowd. He started twirling in 9th grade of high school and hasn’t stopped since, but has won the title of 2010 Junior Men’s National Champion, 2010 Junior Men’s State Champion, 2011 and 2012 Senior Men’s State Champion, and four time Congressional Cup Invitee. Jacob has done many volunteer performances across the state by going to elementary schools and teaching about healthy lifestyles and goal setting. Planning to transfer to the University of Virginia, Jacob wants to major in biology and eventually take that into a more specific field of careers ranging from Veterinary Science to Physician Assistant or Physical Therapy. Jacob is very excited to perform in front of all the Wahoos at Scott Stadium with the CMB and can’t wait to cheer on his team.

Breanna Dufour

breanaDufourBreanna Dufour is a second year at the University. She is a 2013 graduate of Manchester High School in Chesterfield County Virginia where she was the class valedictorian. She has been twirling for seven years with the Richmond Royalettes under the direction of Diane Gunnels. Competing locally and nationally, the Royalettes have continently placed top five in team and Corp events. Bree, herself has won many individual twirling titles. For the duration of high school she twirled with the Manchester Marching Lancers as the feature twirler. Today she teaches with the Royalettes and choreographs for the Lancer Majorettes.

Bree is enrolled in the Curry School of Education to study kinesiology. Her dream is to open her own physical therapy clinic with a focus on sports injuries.

“Baton twirling with the CMB has been my dream since I first saw the band play years ago. It is a huge honor to be a part of such a respected and talented band!”


Kayla Fynaardt

KaylaFynaardtKayla Fynaardt is a current second year at the University and a 2013 graduate of Maggie Walker Governor’s School in Richmond, Virginia.  She has been twirling for seven years with the Richmond Royalettes under the direction of Diane Gunnels.  She competes locally, regionally and nationally, both individually and on teams.   She has won several titles including, Miss Majorette of Virginia and has placed top five in numerous local, state, and regional individual competitions. Her teams have consistently placed in the top five against other nationally ranked baton teams and corps. Throughout high school,  Kayla represented her school as feature twirler at basketball games and pep rallies. Her love of baton twirling took her to Japan this past Spring to attend the Japanese National competition along with her director Diane Gunnels. Kayla has also assisted in coaching the recreational level twirlers with the Royalettes for the past three years, instilling a love for teaching baton in which she hopes to pursue in the future.

Kayla is a student in the School of Nursing studying to earn her BSN and RN license, and plans to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner. While at the University of Virginia, Kayla is honored to have the opportunity to perform as a feature twirler with the incredibly talented Cavalier Marching Band. “Being a part of the CMB is a dream come true, and I couldn’t be more excited to perform at Scott Stadium this season.”