ARCHER GUITAR SCHOOL was founded in 1945 by the late Hardy Archer, after years of performing throughout the Southeast and abroad, and teaching in Florida and Georgia.
Archer Guitar School moved to Birmingham, Alabama in 1953, and has been the area's longest-running guitar school, teaching thousands of students over the years.
Current teachers Ric Archer, Danny Archer, Dolores (Archer) Traylor, and Alicia Perkins, as well as visiting instructors Jan (Archer) Shackelford (The Archer Dance Band) and Michael Shackelford (Future Elevators), were all trained by founder Hardy Archer, and continue to use his perfected beginner's curriculum, as well as contemporary approaches to current and advanced styles.
Ric Archer continues to teach and oversees the school. Ric graduated and taught at Musician's Institute (G.I.T.) in Hollywood, CA.
Ric also performs internationally with the Grammy-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dennis Edwards and his TEMPTATIONS Review.
After beginning guitar lessons at the age of 14 at Archer Guitar School, Alicia formed a band and played in both school and church. Trained by Ric Archer, Alicia has been teaching since 2006, and continues to contribute to the guitar arrangements and curriculum. Alicia is also responsible for website design & maintenance.
Trained by her father Hardy Archer, Dolores has been playing and teaching guitar since the '70s. She performed with her father and sister, Jan, in various states, and appeared with them weekly on The Country Boy Eddie Show. She operated Archer Guitar School with her father in the mid '80s, teaching and arranging much of the contemporary material. She also performs on bass with her own band, and hosts a monthly dance in St. Clair County. In addition to performing with the Traylor 8 - Piece Band she also hosts the Odenville Ukulele Library Club.
Danny began playing and teaching guitar in the 60's (He gave his brother, Ric, his first guitar lessons). After a stint in the military in Florida and Alaska, he returned to Birmingham. He performed in his church's band on bass and guitar, and has returned to teaching.
Jan, daughter of Hardy Archer, began playing and teaching in the 70's. She was lead guitarist with her father's band, The Archers, and also performed on TV on The Country Boy Eddie Show and in various states. She performs weekly with her dance band, The Archers, and is an internationally recognized doll maker.