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!

Lewis Beck


Bill Smallback

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

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.