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
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 Matthew Hovde, C.S.C.
Band Chaplain
Fr. Matt, a native of Miami, FL, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and earned his Master of Divinity from Notre Dame in 2015. He was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in April of 2016. Since his Ordination, Fr. Matt has served Notre Dame students as the rector of Zahm, perhaps Notre Dame's most spirited men's residential halls. In addition to his service in the dorm, Fr. Matt has worked in Campus Ministry at Notre Dame for three years, assisting with Sacramental Preparation for students seeking to be Confirmed, receive their First Communion, and be married. Fr. Matt took on the role of Band Chaplain to start the 2017 Season. 

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
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
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
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
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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