Weekly Update: January 10th through 16th ~ CONGRATULATIONS WIND SYMPHONY!!!

Congratulations Wind Symphony! 

 

Our 1st Period Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the Music For All Concert Band Invitational hosted by the University of Central Florida at the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts on April 13th! We are thrilled to accept this invitation and begin work towards such an incredible performance opportunity for our program! More details coming soon on this awesome opportunity for our band family! #iegyb

This Week

  • Monday
    • No After School Events
  • Tuesday
    • Wind Symphony & Percussion 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • WLMS S&E HELPERS 4 PM – 4:45 PM
  • Wednesday
    • No After School Events
  • Thursday
    • No After School Events
  • Friday
    • No After School Events
  • Monday (MLK Holiday)
    • Wind Symphony & Percussion 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday
    • Symphonic Band & Percussion 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Looking Ahead (Update 1.3.22 @ 3:15 PM) 

  • Wind Symphony & Percussion Rehearsals: Monday’s or Tuesday’s 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • Serving Concert MPA (3.3), UCF Wind Band Invitational (4.13), & Spring Prism (4.28-29)
      • January 24th (M), 31st (M),
      • February 8th (Tu), 14th (M), 21st (M), 28th (M)
      • March 8th (Tu), 21st (M), 28th (M)
      • April 5th (Tu), 11th (M), 18th (M)
  • Symphonic Band & Percussion Rehearsals: Tuesday’s 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • Serving Concert MPA
      • January 18th, January 25th
      • February 1st, February 15th, February 22nd
      • March 1st
  • All County Band January 25th, 27th – 29th
  • Jazz MPA February 10th
    • 6th Period, 7th Period
  • S&E MPA February 11th & 12th
    • 3rd Period, 4th Period, 5th Period
  • Concert MPA March 3rd  – 5th (Actual Date TBA)
    • 1st Period, 2nd Period

 

Weekly Update: January 3rd through January 7th ~ Happy New Year! Welcome Back!

Things To Read (& Respond To!) In This Week’s Update!

  • …Schedule for this week and beyond… 
    • Including Spring After School Rehearsal Schedule 
  • …S&E Sign Up Plan… 
  • …WLMS S&E Helpers… 

This Week

  • Monday
    • Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
  • Tuesday
    • School Resumes! 
    • No After School Events
  • Wednesday
    • No After School Events
  •  Thursday
    • No After School Events
  • Friday
    • No After School Events

Looking Ahead (Update 1.3.22 @ 3:15 PM) 

  • Wind Symphony & Percussion Rehearsals: Monday’s or Tuesday’s 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • Serving Concert MPA (3.3), UCF Wind Band Invitational (4.13), & Spring Prism (4.28-29)
      • January 11th (Tu), 24th (M), 31st (M),
      • February 8th (Tu), 14th (M), 21st (M), 28th (M)
      • March 8th (Tu), 21st (M), 28th (M)
      • April 5th (Tu), 11th (M), 18th (M)
  • Symphonic Band & Percussion Rehearsals: Tuesday’s 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • Serving Concert MPA
      • January 18th, January 25th
      • February 1st, February 15th, February 22nd
      • March 1st
  • Jazz MPA February 10th
    • 6th Period, 7th Period
  • S&E MPA February 11th & 12th
    • 3rd Period, 4th Period, 5th Period
  • Concert MPA March 3rd  – 5th (Actual Date TBA)
    • 1st Period, 2nd Period

Solo & Ensemble Sign Up

We will conduct our sign ups in class this week. Thursday will be the cut off. Any solos, small groups, etc. must be signed up by Thursday. You should also have your accompanist name ready to add.

Wolf Lake Middle School S&E Helpers 

we are super excited to bring this back after a one year hiatus! We ask for ay of our members, 9th through 12th grade, to join us to assist with the young members that are working on solos at Wolf Lake. We need representatives from each section to work with a great group of WLMS Students! Sessions are Tuesday’s from 4 PM – 4:45 PM each week through mid-February! More to come in class! First session is Tuesday, January 11th! 

“Cut Time” Comes To The Blue Darter Band! 

We will be moving to a new program-wide operating system called “Cut Time” to handle many of our administrative needs. Look for this information to come later this week as get started in our new program to help us better connect moving forward!

Weekly Update: December 13th through December 18th ~ It’s Time For A State Championship!

This Week 

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • State Championship Marching Band Rehearsal #iegyb
      • 2:45 PM – 4 PM
      • MANDATORY for all State Championship participants. 
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
    • State Championship Morning Pep Rally! #iegyb 
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open
      • 7 AM Pep Rally
  • Saturday
    • State Championship Day! #iegyb 
      • 6:30 AM Doors Open/Load Semi
      • 7 AM Departure
      • TBA Stop at Fort Drum Service Plaza on Turnpike
      • 1 PM Kick Off
      • TBA We will stop at a mall on the way home for dinner.
      • TBA Return to APK

Christmas Parade Was A Tremendous Success! 

THANK YOU to all of our participants for an awesome day celebrating the Holidays in APK! We had a great morning together and bringing cheer and excitement to kick off the season! Proud of each and every one of you! #iegyb

Weekly Update: December 6th through December 10th ~ Incredible Winter Prism Concert & #GOBIGBLUE State Championship Bound & It’s Christmas Parade Week! It’s An Exciting Time To Be A Blue Darter!

WHAT A WEEK FOR THE BLUE DARTER BAND! CONGRATUALTIONS ON AN AWESOME WINTER PRISM CONCERT & CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF DARTER NATION! WE ARE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND! CLASS 8A FINALS! 

What a week! Our band came back from Fall Break STRONGER THAN EVER and put on one heck of a Winter Prism on Thursday! Three days of preparation, focusing on bringing the entire program together in a way that we have not experienced in two years, and then traveling to Fort Pierce on Friday to cheer on a Blue Darters to victory! It has been an incredible week!

In our first Prism concert in two years, our students came together to showcase all facets of our program and bring some Holiday Spirit to our midst. Many of the performances exhibited great musical leadership and growth that has occured this year while providing a fun spark to each audience member in attendance. We are truly blessed at APK with some fantastic kiddos that have continued to showcase #iegyb in all they do and we can’t wait to see what our Spring Semester has in store for our program! Way to go band! Incredible! #iegyb

Congrats to our entire contingent on an incredible showing at South County Stadium on Friday night an an awesome 21-0 win over Treasure Coast High! The Blue Darters were dominant in all phases of the game and showed their prowess from start to finish. The Band, Cheer, Student Section, Fans, and all Blue Darters in attendance were unbelievable and once again turned the visiting side into a HOME-FIELD-ADVANTAGE! AS IT SHOULD BE EACH AND EVERY WEEK! Way to go Blue Darters! #iegyb

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This Week 

  • Monday
    • Rest.
  • Tuesday
    • Take A Nap.
  • Wednesday
    • Repeat Monday.
  • Thursday
    • Repeat Tuesday.
  • Friday
    • Catch a movie? Dinner with the family? What else can you come up with? GO HAVE A GREAT DAY WITH YOUR FAMILY!
      • ……’Cause FOOTBALL WILL BE READY TO HIT THE FOLLOWING WEEK AT THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!!! #iegyb
  • Saturday
    • APK Christmas Parade (Full BDMB – Mandatory Performance)
      • Times 8 AM – 12 PM (Currently awaiting official line-up number – will confirm better times once this info is known)
      • 8 AM Meet behind McDonald’s on 441 in Apopka in UNDER UNIFORM (223 E Main Street, Apopka, FL 32703)
      • Get Dressed into Official Band Uniform
      • TBA Step Off Time
      • TBA Ending Time
      • Parade Ending/Pick Up Occurs at Dream Lake Elementary School (On Park Avenue across from Apopka Memorial MIddle School)

Looking Ahead 

  • Tuesday, December 14th: BDMB Rehearsal for Winds/Percussion (If you are traveling to State Championship with the band, you will be in attendance. #iegyb)
  • Friday, December 17th: Pep Rally!
  • Saturday, December 18th: STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME! 1 PM, @ DRK PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. (Travel Details Coming Soon!)

Blue Darter Band In The News! 

Weekly Update: November 29th – December 4th ~ It’s Winter Prism Week! & Playoff Week!

>>>>>CLICK HERE FOR PRISM TICKET DONATION LINK! <<<<<

  • Screenshot your donation once complete and show at the door!
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! #iegyb

Click Here To Download Full Size Poster For Sharing! 

This Week ***SEE FULL PRISM WEEK REHEARSAL SCHEDULE BELOW***

***PRISM WEEK NOTE***

  • EVERY MEMBER IS EXPECTED AT EVERY REHEARSAL. THIS IS NOT BRAND NEW INFORMATION. IF IT IS, YOU NEED TO CHECK THAT YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR ALL COMMUNICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN OCCURRING THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE SEMESTER. LOVE YOU ALL.
    • THANKS. MR. L 🙂  #iegyb 
  • Monday
    • 2:45 PM – 4 PM FULL PROGRAM PRISM REHEARSAL
  • Tuesday
    • 2:45 PM – 5 PM FULL PROGRAM PRISM REHEARSAL
  • Wednesday
    • 1:45 PM – 4 PM FULL PROGRAM PRISM REHEARSAL
  • Thursday
    • 7 PM Winter 2021 Prism Concert!
      • 6:20 PM Call Time
      • 6:40 PM Doors Open
  • Friday
    • Football Playoffs Round 4 @ Treasure Coast High!
      • 7 AM Pep Rally
      • 2:45 PM Pep Band Rehearsal (Jeans/T-Shirts)
      • 3:15 PM Load Trailer
      • 3:30 PM Depart
      • 5 PM Stop en route for Dinner (TBA – Sadly at Not Buc-ee’s)
      • 6:45 PM Arrive Treasure Coast HS
      • 7:30 PM Kick Off
        • Will take Halftime off/Back at it for 3rd Quarter.
      • 12 AM (Apprx) Return to AHS
  • Saturday
    • 6th Period Jazz Ensemble Performance @ Apopka Holiday Gig – Amphitheater
      • 9:45 AM Call Time
      • 10 AM Warm Up
      • 10:30 AM Performance
      • 11:00 AM Clean Up/Dismiss

Looking Ahead

  • December 11th: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning Call Time – TBA)
  • December 17th: Winter Holidays Begin
  • December 18th: State Championship Football Game TBA (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Congratulations Blue Darter Football! 

This picture says it all. The splendor of victory. The euphoric feeling of winning. In truly epic fashion. Overtime. Wow. That is where we are folks… Blue Darter football is on the move and has given us highlight reel excitement all along the way.

Our Blue Darter Band has continued to be a driving force. Paving the path with relentless energy and drive for thirteen games. I cannot express how grateful I am to be part of such a dedicated, driven organization that makes it mark through serving our community in this manner. Our gratitude also extends to every single booster that has helped make this season possible. We continue to thrive because of you. Words will never adequately describe our heartfelt thanks for all that each of you do to make this a reality.

In this time of giving thanks, I offer this…

We are all blessed to be Blue Darters. If you do not share that sentiment, open your eyes, your ears, and your hearts and take in all that is Blue Darter Nation. What we are experiencing is NOT NORMAL. We are APK. And dadgummed proud of it. #iegyb

Winter Prism Week Layout – THIS BEGINS MONDAY OF OUR RETURN TO SCHOOL! PLAN NOW! 

CLICK HERE FOR PDF VERSION OF THE WEEK’S LAYOUT.

  • Monday, November 29th
    • 2:45 PM – 4 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Large Group Rehearsals
  • Tuesday, November 30th
    • 2:45 PM – 5 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Dress Rehearsal
    • 2 Full Runs Of Show (Dry Run, Performance Run)
  • Wednesday, December 1st
    • 1:30 PM – 4 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Final Dress Rehearsal
  • Thursday, December 2nd
    • PRISM NIGHT! 
      • 7 PM Downbeat/Doors Open at 6:40 PM
      • 6:20 PM Performer Call Time – Full Uniform
      • QR Code will be provided for Donation Link/Cash can be received at the door.
  • Friday, December 3rd – CANCELLED! More Blue Darter Football! 

Weekly Update: November 22nd through November 26th ~ Happy Thanksgiving!

FRIDAY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE UPDATE BELOW – PLEASE READ! (As Of 12:45 PM, Monday, November 22nd) 

Congratulations to Ashley and Isaac! OCPS All County representatives for 2021-2022! We are proud of you! #iegyb

  • Ashley, Flute, Concert Band
  • Isaac, Trombone Concert Band; Piano, Jazz Ensemble II

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This Week

  • Monday
    • Start Turkey Prep
  • Tuesday
    • Double Check Recipes
  • Wednesday
    • Buy last minute recipe items – and extra mashed ‘taters!
  • Thursday
    • Let the aroma therapy begin….. AND ENJOY SOME TURKEY amid ALL of the goodness of the lunch and dinner elements!
  • Friday
    • Oh Yeah… There’s LEFTOVERS…. AND BLUE DARTER FOOTBALL!
    • Football vs. Seminole
    • CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
      • NO PEP RALLY…. 🙂 SLEEP IN!
      • 4:15 PM Call Time – JEANS & BAND TSHIRT
      • 4:30 PM Rehearsal 
      • 5:00 PM Load Truck/Busses
      • 5:15 PM Depart For Sanford Seminole High
      • 6:15 PM Arrive/Set Up
      • 7:00 PM Kick Off (UPDATED KICK OFF TIME) 
        • Was originally 7:30 PM. 
  • Saturday
    • Any leftovers remaining? USE ‘EM UP!

Looking Ahead 

  • November 29th – December 3rd: Winter Prism Week
    • Performances December 2nd & December 3rd
  • December 4th: 6th Period Jazz @ Apopka Amphitheater Holiday Performance
  • December 11th: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning Call Time TBA)
  • December 17th: Winter Holidays Begin

Winter Prism Week Layout – THIS BEGINS MONDAY OF OUR RETURN TO SCHOOL! PLAN NOW! 

CLICK HERE FOR PDF VERSION OF THE WEEK’S LAYOUT.

  • Monday, November 29th
    • 2:45 PM – 4 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Large Group Rehearsals
  • Tuesday, November 30th
    • 2:45 PM – 5 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Dress Rehearsal
    • 2 Full Runs Of Show (Dry Run, Performance Run)
  • Wednesday, December 1st
    • 1:30 PM – 4 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Final Dress Rehearsal
  • Thursday, December 2nd
    • PRISM OPENING NIGHT! 
      • 7 PM Downbeat/Doors Open at 6:40 PM
      • 6:30 PM Performer Call Time
  • Friday, December 3rd
    • PRISM CLOSING NIGHT! 
      • 7 PM Downbeat/Doors Open at 6:40 PM
      • 6:30 PM Performer Call Time

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR BLUE DARTER FOOTBALL TEAM!

34-3 victors over Bartram Trail! Our Band, Cheer, and Fans were all ON POINT and created a true home field advantage for our team to drive to victory! Incredibly proud of the BDMB and all that they brought to the space on Friday…. FOCUSED ENERGY AND EXCITEMENT for an awesome experience under the Friday Night Lights! We move on to ROUND 3 vs. Seminole this Friday! Schedule and sign up are located above! Use the google form to let us know you are coming! Go Big Blue! #iegyb

Weekly Update: November 15th through November 19th ~ Playoffs Round 2 & Thanksgiving Is Almost Here!

Blue Darters Win vs. Creekside! 

Great night of supporting Blue Darter football on Friday! 42-0 victory for the Darters! Looking forward to an incredible Round 2 Game at Bartram Trail HS! Sign ups for travel will occur in class on Monday! #iegyb #gpdgt #gobigblue

This Week 

***Students needing to complete their sizing for Concert Uniforms need to see Ms. Janice THIS WEEK to finish the process! 

***Missed out on Round 1 of Hoodies & Jackets? GET YOUR ORDER IN BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15th to order one! Don’t Delay! Visit the SchoolPay link -> to the right to connect with those pay buttons. If you make a purchase, please email Mrs. Janice at janice.pedroza@gmail.com to ensure she sees your purchase via SchoolPay and to ensure the correct size and name info is placed on there! Do not delay! 

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Winter Prism Small Group Coaching (By Appt.)
  • Wednesday
    • Winter Prism Small Group Coaching (By Appt.)
  • Thursday
    • Winter Prism Small Group Coaching (By Appt.)
  • Friday
    • Playoffs Round 2 Football @ Bartram Trail HS
      • 7 AM Pep Rally
      • 2:45 PM Pep Band Rehearsal (Jeans/T-Shirts)
        • Yes – we are having rehearsal. Going to ensure we will sound fantastic and play “together” for great power at the game!
      • 3:30 PM Load Trailer
      • 4 PM Depart
      • 5 PM Stop en route for Dinner (Possibly Volusia Mall Food Court)
        • Bring $ for Dinner
      • 7 PM Arrive Bartram Trail HS
      • 7:30 PM Kick Off
        • Will take Halftime off/Back at it for 3rd Quarter.
      • 12 AM (Apprx) Return to AHS

Looking Ahead 

  • November 29th – December 3rd: Winter Prism Week
    • Performances December 2nd & December 3rd
    • See Schedule Below
  • December 4th: 6th Period Jazz @ Apopka Amphitheater Holiday Performance
  • December 11th: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning Call Time TBA)
  • December 17th: Winter Holidays Begin

Winter Prism Week Layout 

  • Monday, November 29th
    • 2:45 PM – 4 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Large Group Rehearsals
  • Tuesday, November 30th
    • 2:45 PM – 5 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Dress Rehearsal
    • 2 Full Runs Of Show (Dry Run, Performance Run)
  • Wednesday, December 1st
    • 1:30 PM – 4 PM Full Cast (EVERYONE!) Final Dress Rehearsal
  • Thursday, December 2nd
    • PRISM OPENING NIGHT! 
      • 7 PM Downbeat/Doors Open at 6:40 PM
      • 6:30 PM Performer Call Time
  • Friday, December 3rd
    • PRISM CLOSING NIGHT! 
      • 7 PM Downbeat/Doors Open at 6:40 PM
      • 6:30 PM Performer Call Time

Weekly Update: November 8th through November 12th ~ Congratulations BDMB! Superior Rating @ MPA!

Congratulation BDMB! We are proud of you!!! #iegyb

Saturday was the BDMB’s annual Marching Music Performance Assessment (MPA) event at University High School. Our students have continued to show growth each time with perform and have done an amazing job at taking the challenges presented to them these past two weeks with weather concerns, cold weather, and whatever else has stood in their way to press on and rock it out! We are proud of each of our members that have completed this journey and grateful to each of them on working hard to achieve this goal!

Thank you to our student leadership team for bringing us together and preparing the environment to rock it out this season! Could not have done it without you!

To our ARMY OF PARENTS that have helped make this season a reality, you will never truly know the impact you have all had – other than to say – this is not possible without you. From concessions, to chaperoning, to uniforms, to you name it…. I am so grateful for your sacrifice, your dedication, and your commitment to our students’ successes. We are blessed beyond measure to have you as part of our band family and know that you are our heroes! THANK YOU TO EACH OF YOU!

To our band staff…. you make the difference each day we come together to practice. Thank you for being a positive influence in the lives of all of our students. I am honored to work alongside each of you and grateful for all that you pour into our band family. Thank you for all that you do for the Blue Darter Band! #iegyb

From a grateful heart,

Mr. L

This Week

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • Winter Prism Auditions 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    • S&E Music Night with Beethoven & Company 2:30 PM – 6 PM
  • Wednesday
    • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM All County Audition Help
  • Thursday
    • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM All County Audition Help
  • Friday
    • Football Playoffs Round 1 vs. Creekside High School (St. Johns County)
      • 7 AM Morning Pep Rally
      • 6:15 PM Courtyard Call Time
      • 6:40 PM March To Stadium
    • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM All County Audition Help

Looking Ahead 

  • November 15th: All County Auditions @ Lake Nona High School
  • November 29th – December 3rd: Winter Prism Week
    • Performances December 2nd & December 3rd
  • December 4th: 6th Period Jazz @ Apopka Amphitheater Holiday Performance
  • December 11th: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning Call Time TBA)
  • December 17th: Winter Holidays Begin

Band Picture Previews Are Here @ CG Photos! 

Don’t Delay! Mr. Ellis wants you to get your band pics as soon as possible! 🙂

Have you checked out your Band Pictures from our recent photo experience? If not, do not delay! Click on the link below and follow the directions to be able to see your child’s band photos. You can purchase from a variety of packages and have them delivered directly to the band room for pick up!

 To see your child’s photos, visit www.cgphoto.online

 When prompted, our Gallery Password is: AP6gL2

 From there, you can scroll to your child’s pictures for viewing and purchasing options.

Weekly Update: November 1st through November 6th ~ It’s MPA Week!

This Week Is MPA Week! Go Big Blue! @iegyb 

  • Monday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Tuesday
    • Football @ Ocoee (FULL BDMB)
      • 7 AM Pep Rally
      • 5 PM Game Day Run Through
      • 7 PM Kick Off @ Ocoee
      • 10 PM Return
  • Wednesday
    • No Scheduled Events
  • Thursday
    • 7th Period Jazz @ John Land Gala Event
      • @ Apopka VFW
      • 5 PM Call Time
      • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Performance
  • Friday
    • Football vs. Wekiva
      • 7 AM Pep Rally
      • 5 PM Game Day Run Through
      • 6 PM Senior Night (Official Schedule TBA)
      • 6:50 PM PreGame
      • 7 PM Kick Off vs. Wekiva
  • Saturday
    • Marching MPA Day! View the FULL ITINERARY HERE!
      • 2 PM Performance Day Run Through
        • Doors Open @ 1:15 PM
        • 2 PM Run Through
        • 5:20 PM Performance @ University High School
        • GO BIG BLUE! @iegyb

Looking Ahead 

  • November 9th: Winter Prism Small Group Auditions
  • November 9th: Beethoven & Company Solo & Ensemble Music Night 2:30 PM – 6 PM
    • This company will be in our band room for all students to peruse sheet music for Solo & Ensemble. Students from neighboring schools are invited to attend as well.
  • TBA: Playoff Football – Schedule will be published as soon as it is known.
    • Note: The BDMB only shows up to games during the playoffs to support the team – there are no more Tuesday rehearsals after Marching MPA.
  • November 15th: All County Auditions @ Lake Nona High School
  • November 29th – December 3rd: Winter Prism Week
    • Performances December 2nd & December 3rd
  • December 4th: 6th Period Jazz @ Apopka Amphitheater Holiday Performance
  • December 11th: Apopka Christmas Parade (Morning Call Time TBA)
  • December 17th: Winter Holidays Begin

Band Picture Previews Are Here @ CG Photos! 

Don’t Delay! Mr. Ellis wants you to get your band pics as soon as possible! 🙂

Have you checked out your Band Pictures from our recent photo experience? If not, do not delay! Click on the link below and follow the directions to be able to see your child’s band photos. You can purchase from a variety of packages and have them delivered directly to the band room for pick up!

 To see your child’s photos, visit www.cgphoto.online

 When prompted, our Gallery Password is: AP6gL2

 From there, you can scroll to your child’s pictures for viewing and purchasing options.