In high school, Hunt and Whitman teamed up with guitarist Mark Bickle and recruited Rob Weaver on drums. During a game of Balderdash at a party, the word "sprag" turned up. The Sprags were born.
Weaver left the band in 1996 and was permanently replaced in 1998 by legendary musician and producer Mark Mikel. In late 2000, Bickle made the decision to pursue a career in film and television. Guitarist Dan Greunke (formerly of Glide) jumped at the opportunity to join one of his favorite local bands onstage.