Toy Band – Happy Jacket 2002


The Adam Simmons Toy Band is an eccentric eight-piece ensemble which utilises different toys – such as rubber chickens, origami frogs, spinning tops, balloons, whistles and animal masks – alongside a traditional line-up of bass, drums, and horns – to gleefully create madcap performances of inspired, musical mayhem… The band's focus is on original music with an irreverent sense of humour, the toys adding not only new sounds to the mix but creating a dash of theatrics and creative lunacy.

The Adam Simmons Toy Band has performed at festivals like St Kilda, Meredith, Queenscliff and Wangaratta Jazz Fest, as well as appearing on "Spicks and Specks" a couple of times, including a Christmas special.


released 28 October 2003
All compositions by Adam Simmons except tracks 3, 9, 11, 15 by the entire Toy Band, and 14 by Carr/Simmons/Talia

Adam Simmons – bass/baritone/alto/soprano and sopranino saxophones, bass clarinet, toys
Ben Carr- tenor/soprano saxophones, toys
Phil Bywater – alto/tenor saxophones, toys
Nadje Noordhuis – trumpet, toys
Eamon McNelis – trumpet, toys
Kynan Robinson – trombone, toys
Anita Hustas – bass, toys
Joe Talia – drums, toys

Adam and Phil play Temby saxophones exclusively

Recorded 9-11th August 2002 by David McCluney, Atlantis Studios
Mastered by Jim Nicolaides, Atlantis Studios
Photography by Leisa Hunt and Christopher Ng
Cover photography by Adam Simmons
Design by Celsius Graphic Design
Produced by Adam Simmons