Candido Bretto grew up swimming in the ocean waters off Marshfield and Duxbury, just 20 minutes north of Plymouth Massachusetts and is the father of a young (23 year old) violin maker Marcus Bretto. Candido studied composition and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Candido has taught music at Woodward School for Girls Quincy and Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury.
Recently he performed at the Massachusetts Republican Convention at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, Governor Charlie Baker inauguration, former Boston Mayor Thomas Mennino, Mayor Marty Walsh, former Red Sox slugger Big Papi, former Boston Bruin Bobby Orr, actor Mark Wahlberg, the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.
In addition he’s performed at Boston Harborfest twice, Figawi Cape Cod’s biggest fundraiser twice, the Boston Police Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, Tolman MDA Telethon, Quincy Police DARE, Hingham Firefighters, A&E’s Wahlburgers TV show, and has sung on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno stage as part of pre-show entertainment.
As a performer Candido has shared the stage with such Grammy winning artists as country music star Brad Paisley, Maurice Starr producer of the New Kids on the Block and The New Edition, Sib Hashian and Barry Goudreau of the rock band Boston and Kenny Loggins.
Candido has been in the Boston wedding and events industry for many years and performs regularly with First Class Band and Concetta. Concetta, Candido’s sister is best known for her Ernie Boch Jr commercials and performing with pop singer Michael Buble.
Candido also performs and records with Johnny “Drama” Alves in Drama’s funk band Johnny Drama and His Funky Entourage. Drama is a cast member of A&E’s Wahlburgers a reality show based on the family owned restaurant of actors Mark and Donny Wahlberg.
“I read the book and loved it so much I was inspired to write 12 songs. It’s Plymouth Rock’s story, told by The Rock. What could be more fun?”