CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Middle School Students were treated to a night of live music, food and fun at the first ever CMS Fest, an outdoor music festival held Friday, Sept. 19.

The CMS Fest performers were a huge hit with the kids and included new and up-and-coming artists, Bro5, 5against50 and Alexandra Demattia.
Event co-chairs, Jen Newman and Shannon Holmes looked for bands that would appeal to the middle school students and had good messages to share. “My favorite song was Bro5’s “Bruises,” it had a great message about accepting others, thinking about how you treat people and dealing with your problems no matter how bad it may seem,” Holmes 
Newman added, “We wanted to host an event for the kids that promoted the arts and also provided them with a safe environment to gain independence, spend time with friends and have a great time.” 

This event was supported by local sponsors including the Municipal Alliance of Chatham, C2 Education, Creative Speech Solutions and Stashluk Plumbing. 
More than 600 students attended the CMS Fest, which raised money for the Chatham Middle School PTO. This was the PTO’s largest and only fundraiser of the year.