Traveling, exploring, understanding, and celebrating the joy of being alive have always served as the heart of Eric Maring’s musical life and songs.  An accomplished performer, song-writer, guitarist, dance caller, Indian tabla player, and an early-childhood music educator, Eric Maring has striven for over 20 years to guide audiences of all ages to peak emotional experiences and community bonding through music.  In that time he has made four major recordings - his 2001 debut solo release Birdsong (praised as one of the top local releases of the year by the Washington Post); his 2004 release Penguins Rock the World!; and his collaborative efforts with Jawbone (Amikaeyla, Eric, and Greg Heelan) including the exuberant and highly acclaimed all-ages record Holy Guacamole! In the years since his first CD release, he has had the honor of finding himself onstage at the Birchmere, Iota Cafe, Blues Alley, HR-57, The Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and the Takoma Park Folk Festival as well as many schools in the Washington, D.C. area.  
Eric has been making music his entire life.  He began piano studies at the age of six and continued through high school until finding the guitar.  He has studied guitar for 17 years in which time he has developed a unique style of playing by combining a host of alternate tunings with techniques that he has picked up on many enlightening musical studies – at a Flamenco institute in Granada, Spain, at the home of renowned guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan in France, and more recently in workshops with Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel.  

He has continuously been drawn to musical virtuosos, and not just guitarists.  On one of his many trips to India, he learned about tabla great Ustad Zakir Hussain, and his musical life was never quite the same.  In 2006-2007, he spent eight months in Varanasi, India with his family where he studied the awesome percussive art that Zakir Hussain inspired him to pursue.  He has more recently taken up studies with renowned maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.  These studies have infused yet another layer of intricacy to Eric’s approach to songwriting, the guitar, and his musical life in general.  While in India, he also had the fortune of performing a number of social and environmental music programs which inspired him to write Sing to the Heart of the Earth.
Eric is known as “Mr. Maring” and “Mr. M” by many young people in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland, where he served as an elementary teacher for many years.  Eric credits these years as truly helping him to understand the deep power that music can have in the lives of young people and their communities.  He counts himself lucky to be teaching music these days at seven centers in the D.C. area including the Center for Young Children, University of Maryland’s laboratory pre-school, at Kids Are Us in Anacostia, D.C. (as part of the Levine School of Music’s early childhood ed outreach program), and at the National Archives early childhood center.  Besides music teaching and performance in schools, Eric has also of late taken to calling family and community dances at festivals.  He is often accompanied by a cohort of talented young musicians.
Eric’s musical studies in the University of Life have taken him far and wide.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is certified in the early childhood music programs Musikgarten and Music Together.  Most importantly, he is the proud father of two budding musicians.