Gropius began in El Paso, Texas in August 1995, they relocated to Dallas in 1996. During the first year, vocalist Melissa Adams was joined by violinist Julie Carpenter and violist Amy Boyd. JJ Gaylord, Rich Sanchez and Chris O' Guinn have all held down the drums over the years. James Spangler and Matthew Koch have played bass, respectively. Gropius has opened a diverse array of shows from funk and indie rock to goth and industrial.