“Forever true to the blue and gold, our college colors we’ll uphold / Always for thee, we’ll ever be loyal to T.J.C.”
So wrote FSU Music Professor Thomas Wright in 1968, setting to music an alma mater for the young Tallahassee Junior College. Though the College officially changed its name to Tallahassee Community College in 1970, the musician’s melody endured.
Wright, 95, passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He is survived by his wife, Rosalinda, head of TCC’s Foreign Languages program. Also surviving are five daughters and eight grandchildren.
The composer of TCC’s alma mater is best known for writing the music for Florida State University’s Fight Song. In addition, Wright wrote the FSU Circus theme song “Flying High” and was known throughout Tallahassee for his Gershwin Festival piano concerts in the mid-20th century.
Wright continued his association with the College during his 59-year tenure at FSU, later presenting the inaugural performance in Turner Auditorium.