This is the article posted on 4barsrest.com: "The sad news has reached us that the fine euphonium player and brass teacher, Shaun Thomas has died aged just 34. The sad news has reached 4BR, that the fine young euphonium player, conductor and brass teacher, Shaun Thomas has died, today, the 1st March, aged just 34. Shaun was formally the principal euphonium player of the St. Austell, Mount Charles and Camborne bands in Cornwall, as well as playing for many other bands throughout the country such as the Parc and Dare in Wales and the Sun Life Band. His last brass band contest performance was with the Camborne Band at the National Finals in London in October last year. In addition, his solo performances won many admirers and prizes at the top most brass contests in the country, such as the Yeovil contest in 2003 and the Brass in Concert Contest at Spennymoor in 2002, whilst his band playing enhanced countless prize winning performances over the years for whoever he played for. At the time of his death he was employed as a full time peripatetic brass teacher with the Cornwall Music Service, and their Head, John Harries told 4BR: ‘We are completely shocked at this sad news. Shaun was an inspirational teacher and a fine man who made a huge impression wherever he went. Such was his charisma and teaching ability, that at an infants school in St. Ives he gave a demonstration of brass playing that resulted in over 40 young children taking up instruments and being taught by him. 18 months later every single one of them is still playing." "We are completely shocked at this sad news. Shaun was an inspirational teacher and a fine man who made a huge impression wherever he went" ~ John Harries, Head of Brass Services in CornwallJeremy Squibb, the Band Manager of the Camborne Band informed us that, "Our deepest sympathies go out to his young family. Shaun was a superb musician and an exceptional man to know. Everyone involved in Cornish banding will mourn his loss." John Harries further informed us that Shaun had recently been working with the St. Keverne Bands in the southwestern tip of the county and had made a huge impression with his personality and teaching ability, whilst he was due to undertake a further brass quintet performance this evening, when news of his death reached them. "Shaun was due to perform this evening with his brass quintet in the Lizard area and I know countless people were looking forward to hearing him play. He really communicated the joy of playing music and this is what rubbed off so successfully with children. We are devastated by the loss, and all out thoughts are wife Gail his wife, and for their two young children aged just 2 years and 7 months.2 We are sure that the thoughts and prayers of all of the brass band community are with his family at this time."