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Best Appearing School Band

A fascinating plaque, spotted recently in a high school music room:

http://zhurnaly.com/images/Best_Appearing_School_Band_2012.jpg

No doubt the award is meant to applaud sharp costumes — but the word "appearing" suggests pretense rather than reality, as opposed to Sallust's description of Cato, "He preferred to be good rather than seem so."

Or maybe they were just the best band that appeared in the parade that day?

^z - 2013-12-03