Witchmount Estate offers the finest in house entertainment. Our band The Sour Grapes caters for all types of functions, from the most formal to the more relaxed of atmospheres. The Sour Grapes are a sequenced trio, extending up to a five piece with a full brass section and offers a complete Master of Ceremonies service at no additional charge. Meal costs for choosing the house band are paid for by Witchmount Estate.
The Sour Grapes
Claude De Cesare
Some say Claude was born with a guitar in his hand, and just listening to him play it would be hard to disagree. Self taught at the age of twelve, and following on with extensive tuition, he began playing in a band professionally in 1985 at the age of sixteen. Claude has played a variety of performances, including weddings, dinner dances, clubs, charity functions, and Christmas functions just to name a few. His love of and keen attitude to music has seen Claude move into the world of sequencing in late 1994. To date he has programmed over 600 midifiles on his computer and sequencing equipment.
Tony has been playing drums and percussion for 39 years. His experience is evidently recognised by his many performances and tours around Australia and Europe. Some examples of his drumming expertise included playing at Hamer Hall with large orchestras and brass brands, gala concerts, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, and the list goes on. Tony became the drummer he is today with dedication and practice, but also being taught by some of the best drummers in the industry, like Virgil Donati and Brian Czepinski. He has been playing in function bands within Melbourne for the last 30 years and is now resident drummer and percussionist with The Sour Grapes at Witchmount Estate and has been for the last five years. Tony’s exquisite skills are shown through the art of drumming because of his passion and love for music his whole life.
Paul Van Ross
Paul has been involved with music since the tender age of six. He began playing woodwind instruments in high school and continued to study music at the Victorian College Of The Arts and even pursued further study in New York. Paul performs regularly in many different bands covering a range of styles including: Australian folk music, Irish music, jazz, classical, rock, funk, fusion, rhythm & blues, and big band. Paul’s professionalism and involvement in music has taken him to all parts of the globe and he has supported guests such as Billy Joel, George Bush, many TV programs, and even Killing Heidi.
Jenn was born to sing. Growing up in a musical family gave her performance experience in piano, dance and singing at an early age. A graduate of the Melba Conservatorium of Music, Jenn excelled in her vocal studies and pursued opportunities overseas in Taiwan, Singapore, England, Japan and India. Jenn is passionate about singing and has her own singing school where she passes on her skills to the younger generation. Having sung for Natalie Cole and taught for David Jaanz, Jenn is complimented on her vocal versatility and strength at every gig.