The Reverend Michael Andrew Bunting - guitar, banjo, mandolin, collar
After winning Thomas Jefferson Elementary School's Citizenship Award in 1986, Drew Bunting felt so darn good that he was tempted to rest on this laurel for the remainder of his days. After being named the Camp Gravatt Counselor of the Year in 1994, he was inspired and intrigued by the prospect of further greatness. After securing employment at the McDonald's restaurant at exit 152 of I-24 in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee, he got his first bewitching taste of the sublime.
Brief stints at Williams College (Class Musician) and Yale Divinity School (William E. Downes Prize for preaching) provided grist for his mind, but his soul went unsatisfied until being ordained a deacon of the Episcopal Church in 2002 and a priest in 2003. When not delivering righteous sermons or tending to his parishioners, Bunting is known to rock on banjo or guitar. A former member of punk band Spiny Norman and old time jug band the Motherpluckers, he now performs with Hollertown in Washington, DC. Bunting's two solo albums of original music, Treat Your Buggy Well and I Want to Believe, will soon be followed by a third featuring a kickass band.
It has often been said about Drew that children really like him, partly on account of his celebrated tendency to employ colorful puppets with interesting voices in preaching the gospel. Accordingly, his epitaph will read as follows: His story about Miss Fancy Pants and Mister Stinky Pig Man was funny and to the point.