Charles Mills (b. Asheville, N. Carolina, 1914; d NY, 1982). Amer. composer. Played in jazz bands from age 17. Winner of several prizes. Commissioned by Mitropoulos to compose work for NYPO, 1951. Principle works include 6 symphonies; piano concerto; flute concerto; Theme and Variations for orchestra; oboe concertino; and many chamber works, some involving jazz groups.