Notre Dame Staff


Donelle Flick
Operations Manager
Since graduating from Notre Dame in 2002, Donelle has been the Band’s Operations Assistant making sure the daily workings of the band are running smoothly. Prior to earning her degree in psychology, she spent four years as one of the Band’s most valuable student managers.

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Heather Gollatz-Dukeman
Photographer
Heather has been photographing Notre Dame for several years covering nearly every sort of event one could imagine. She additionally owns and operates HG Photography and is actively involved in the community. Heather has been visually archiving game days, concerts and special events for the Band since 2004.

Father James Foster, C.S.C.
Band Chaplain
Fr. Foster is a 1977 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School. After spending several years in private medical practice in the western suburbs of Chicago, he entered the Congregation of Holy Cross, earned a Master of Divinity and was ordained in 1995. Currently he is Notre Dame’s Assistant Dean for Health Sciences and advises students studying in the preprofessional programs. An accomplished vocalist, Fr. Foster has been the Band Chaplain since 2001.

Shelley Way
Administrative Assistant
Shelley joined the Band staff in 2011 and has been at Notre Dame since 2000. She is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Public and Environmental Affairs. She is a lifelong resident of South Bend and has been extremely active in her parish, the local community, civic organizations, and local conservation efforts.

Jon Thompson
Announcer
Jon Thompson is well known throughout northern Indiana as the host of “JT In The Morning.” The show, which is the area’s most popular and longest-running morning radio show, has been on the air since 1975. JT, who is originally from West Brookfield, Massachusetts, is an avid sports fan, golfer and local high school and college baseball umpire. JT has been the golden voice of the Band of the Fighting Irish since 1997.

Greg Spretnjak
Audio/Video
Greg has been recording the Band’s game day performances since the National Championship year of 1988. He holds two degrees from Notre Dame (BA ’84, BA ’86) and marched sousaphone during his undergraduate years. Since 1986 Greg has worked as the School Service Department manager for The Woodwind and The Brasswind, one of the world’s largest providers of musical instruments.

Andy Benjamin
Audio/Video
Andy stakes his ground in the press box each week to get the best bird’s-eye-view of the Band’s performances. Originally from Three Oaks, Michigan, Andy has been a fervent Irish fan all his life and was an enthusiastic sousaphone player and student officer with the Notre Dame Band. He graduated from ND in 2001 with a degree in Film, Television and Theatre, and has been shooting video for the Band ever since.

Tom Shaw
Audio/Video
As a Notre Dame student Tom marched tenor drums in the Band while pursuing his interests in videography. Tom attended Holy Cross College and earned a degree in film and television from Ball State University. When he’s not filming footage for the Band of the Fighting Irish DVDs Tom scours northern Indiana and southern Michigan for the latest breaking story as a cameraman for Fox 28 News.

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