Big band, big swing, big fun Great music, games, draws and a live auction in the spirit of the World Cup will conquer the conference centre after the opening ceremonies, Friday, Dec. 6. 'Round about 7 p.m. the ballroom resounds with the big swing of The Art Rogers Big Band, a collection of 18 professionals who'll get you in the mood with music by classic heroes Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. Entrance to the Whistler Centre for Business and the Arts event is by donation. Proceeds will help develop the Young Artists Jazz Experience and Festival, drumrolled for the next summer. Food and beverages will fuel the evening. Special VIP tables of 10 are available on a limited basis for $500. The evening will end at midnight so everyone can rest up for the big race, Saturday. For more information, call 932-8310, or Vancouver direct at 682-5248.