If you google it, you can find some very funny things that have been said about it. It certainly has been performed by some august wind ensembles.
I always return to the question “Is it really necessary to play these modern pieces at the volume of a departing international jet plane?”
Sylvia, I played this piece last year with the Baylor Wind Ensemble and Joe Alessi, principal trombone of NY Philharmonic. The part is tricky, and I actually spoke to John Mackey about sending him an edited version to review and hopefully to update the existing part as well. I altered much of the last third of the piece, as some of it is literally impossible as written. As for the entrances in the first ‘movement’, it just requires careful counting. The second and third sections actually feature the harp quite prominently. Joe Alessi actually told me to play softer at one point…I took that as a great compliment!