David Archer knew from the time he was a small child that music was very important in his life. He began asking for musical toys at a young age and was constantly banging on the furniture, first with pencils and then drumsticks. He began on the clarinet in the fourth grade. He played clarinet, bass clarinet, and contrabass clarinet throughout high school and college, where he played in the Clemson University Bands. He graduated from Clemson with a Bachelor of Arts degree. David began playing in garage bands in the sixth grade, playing drums at that time. He gravitated toward the guitar during college. Shortly after college, he went to work for a local music retailer, Fox Music House. He began playing solo guitar/vocal gigs in the mid ‘70s at local clubs, restaurants, and resorts.
In the Fall of 1982, David set off for Europe. With his guitar on his back, he made his way to one of the Alps’ ritziest ski resorts, St. Moritz, Switzerland. He quickly landed gigs at two local pubs, got a season’s ski pass and settled in for the ski season. After the end of the ski season, he traveled for the rest of the year throughout Europe. He entertained in 12 countries and had lots of wonderful experiences along the way. At the end of one full year, his ticket was about to expire, so he came back home to Charleston. He got his old job back at the music store. Around that time, the David Archer Band began playing in the Charleston area. Starting off as a duo, the group has grown to six pieces. Later, David began playing keyboards and has added that instrument to his repertoire.