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“You'll be stunned by how the strings version of a pop or rock song can be transformed into something even more amazing.”


About Tribute String Quartet's musicians
Credit: Pat Furey Photography

TSQ's Story

Since putting out its first record of cover songs in 2011, Tribute String Quartet has become the go-to string ensemble for weddings & events throughout the New York events industry.  Working within the traditional string quartet (& trio) instrumentation with violin, viola, and cello, TSQ offers classic songs of Motown, pop, Broadway, soul, funk, rock, jazz, swing, hip-hop, gaming, tv & film, and of course the Western classical music canon.  It’s a perfect one-size-fits-all music solution for any wedding, but these musicians are especially beloved at multi-generational, multi-cultural weddings, where a classic song at the right time can bridge boundaries.  Review our classic pop song list and classical repertoire lists here.

A trio of cello, violin, viola at Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY
Photo credit: Weddings by Two

Who is Tribute String Quartet?

We are a small group of NYC musicians, playing violin, viola, and cello, invited by famed arranger and music director Dana Lyn (Brooklyn Rider, Catherine Russell, Slim Bone Head Volt) to play her favorite classic pop song covers.  We’ve been playing wedding ceremonies, receptions, and events together for almost 9 years now, and it’s still a joy to play these amazing covers together.  No one creates arrangements of these classic songs like Dana.  They simply sound the best. This is one of the main reasons why we as musicians want to work in this group.

When we aren’t playing for Dana in Tribute Strings, you may see some of us backing up D’Angelo, Björk, Sara Bareilles, Bruce Springsteen, or Jay-Z.  Or you may have seen us on stage in the Tony-award winning hit Hadestown, in the pit at the Metropolitan Opera, or with The Knights.

Dana’s song arrangements bring us together musically, and Aaron at Lucy Music makes sure everything is smooth operationally.  Reach out and tell us about your event plan!

Learn more!

For more about us and our approach, you can visit our pages about weddings, corporate events, private parties, or our frequently asked questions.

Wedding Bands by Lucy Music

Lucy Music is a boutique live music company owned and operated by musician Aaron Thurston which books specialized cover bands (including Tribute String Quartet) for events nationally and internationally.  “We're a small operation - essentially just a collection of my friends' bands.  Each of our bands are 'real bands,' meaning they're groups of friends that all play in each other's original projects, and we gave our bands these 'cover band' aliases (The Prenups, The Loyales, etc.) for when we play weddings and parties.  In a typical year, we’ll play about 80-100 weddings, and people seem to find it refreshing that we're not the 'typical wedding bands' put together by some wedding band agency." - Aaron Thurston, Founder & Director of Lucy Music

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“Tribute String Quartet did a magnificent job. They were SUPER easy to work with - no drama or stress at all. Highly recommend!”