Ponderworthy Music is a very special ensemble. Our music is instrumental, original, and very motivational; the music is given,
and we all resonate as best we can. It is tremendous fun every time we meet. Different every time, but the themes are nonetheless
catchy and nicely ponder-worthy!
Jonathan E. Brickman
Jonathan is our founder and our keyboardist. He began learning in piano from his father at age three,
and a few years later began with Myrna Lyons of Potomac, Maryland, with lots of help from his mother too.
While being rigorously trained in classical piano, much of his listening was various newer forms of music,
and mysteriously he found himself interested in the lore of the electric guitar. Jonathan never learned
guitar, but he did learn how to understand guitarists, and this turns out to be a very good thing today!
Great guitarists are rather distinctive people; and many of them do not want bios ☺; but they make
wonderful friends. Bill the sax player, and Sam the drummer, are truly wonderful as well; Jonathan
has much to learn!
Bill Smallback has played the woodwinds for forty-five years. He trained as a classical clarinetist,
but in recent years found his passion on the soprano saxophone. He enjoys playing various genres of
music, but is especially fond of the freedom and creativity of Ponderworthy. When he’s not making music
with the band, he enjoys time with his family, bicycling, raising turtles, and flying kites.
Bill loves God and hopes his music ministers to others.
Sam Hopper is our amazingly fluid drummer. It's hard to put into actual words how a drummer could be
fluid; you'll just have to come and see and hear for yourself. He does lay out thousands of
stepping-stones for all of us to run on as the music takes us! Sam brings quite the wide variety
of experience to the Ponderworthy music, including various forms of rock, jazz, blues, and other genre.