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Eric Maring

Award-winning song-writer Eric Maring has performed and shared his love of music as far away as a festival for the Dalai Lama in India and as nearby as schools and coffeehouses in his hometown of Washington, D.C. With a Master's in Education and training as an early childhood music educator, he's also studied tabla in India, Flamenco guitar in Spain, and music artistry and composition with the legendary Pierre Bensusan in France. The Line, created after an inspired reading of an early draft of The Monkey Bible, is his fifth musical release. Find out more at


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Traveling, exploring, understanding, and celebrating the joy of being alive have always served as the heart of Eric Maring’s musical life and songs. For the past 20 years he has performed and shared his love of music for all ages. 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, Blues Alley, HR-57, The Millenium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian American Art and Sackler museums. Of the truly magical performance experiences of his life, Eric counts being invited with Jawbone to perform for His Holiness The Dalai Lama at the festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing in Delhi, India and opening for Dar Williams at the historic Birchmere near the top.

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. His most recent musical adventure, in 2006-2007, was spending eight months in Varanasi, India with his family where he studied the awesome percussive art that Zakir Hussain inspired him to pursue. These studies have infused yet another layer of intricacy to Eric’s approach to songwriting, the guitar, and his musical life in general. While there, he also had the fortune of performing a number of social and environmental music programs which inspired him to write his one-man elementary school show, 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 the Center for Young Children, University of Maryland’s laboratory pre-school, and at New Image Center as part of the Levine School of Music’s early childhood ed outreach program. In addition, he teaches early childhood music classes for children and parents through the College Park Arts Exchange.

Eric’s musical studies in the University of Life have taken him far and wide. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Education and is certified in the early childhood music programs Musikgarten and Music Together.

Just before hopping on the plane on an extended tour of India, Eric received a copy of an early draft of The Monkey Bible from friend and author, Mark Laxer. The inspiration was enormous, and high in the hills of Darjeeling Maring began composing The Line. Upon returning to the States many months later, he completed writing, developing and recording the music would become the companion to The Monkey Bible.

Lastly, and most importantly, Eric is the proud father of two young, budding musicians.