Son of Mr. and Mrs. J.Milton Blount or Columbia, Tennessee, Mr. Blount studdies muaic at Middle Tennessee State University where he was a member of the MTSU Band of Blue. He later attended Western Connecticut University where he studied with JimMaxwell and Bob Mcoy, both prominent players and teachers in the New York area. He also studied classical playing with John Aley and Ron Stinson, both very active in the Broadway theater and New York orchestra scene.
Blount joined the U.S. Navy Music Program in 1984 and under attending the I.A. Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, was assigned to the U.S. Navy Show Band South, stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. In March of 1990, Blount was selected to play withtrumpet with the Commodores in Washington, D.C. For the next 15 years he played lead trumpet with the Commodores, making numerous national tours and playing many of the biggest jazz festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
In 2004, Blount retired for active duty in the Navy to further his musical career. He in in high demand as a first trumpet player for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, MD. Mr. Blount also works extensively with singer John Signorello, The Dave Tucker Big Band and The Gene Donati Orchestra.
As an educator he has conducted the all regional high school bands in Tennessee and Connecticut. He was conductor for River Hill High School's 200 tour of Europe that included the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Jazz Festival at Vienne, France. He has a very active teaching practice in his studio at home and in several music stores in Baltimore.
In 2007 Sea Breeze Records released John's CD, "Better Days Ahead". He also has a line of trumpet mouthpieces made by Greg Black called "The John Blount Signature Series". His book Trumpet Solfeggio was published in August of 2007 by Charles Colin Publications.
John Blount has played with a host of performers including: Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, Maureen McFovern, Natalie Cole, The Manhattan Transfer, Arturo Sandoval, Terry Gibbs, Randy Brecker, Milt Hinton, Frank Mantooth, Vincent Dimartino, Snooky Young, Marvin Stamm, Ernie Watts, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Jack Jones, Steve Lippia, The Glen Miller Band, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Aretha Franklkin.