Documentary features Connecticut band that performed for US troops after 9/11

A Connecticut-based band is the subject of an upcoming documentary that charts its experiences performing in Afghanistan and Iraq for American troops following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

The experiences of the band Edisun are the basis for “Bulletproof Wings,” a TUBI TV documentary released Saturday — the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

The documentary includes footage taken by band members during two tours in 2005 and 2006, where they performed original music and covers for American soldiers on active military duty overseas.

Members include lead singer Ethan Isaac, of Ridgefield, guitarist Jonathan Svec, of Stamford, drummer Todd Budich, of New York, former bassist Jay Salley, of Norwalk, and former drummer Tim Newton, of Fairfield.

In a statement, Isaac said the band’s tour stemmed from his experiences while walking in downtown Manhattan on the day of the attacks. He wrote a song called “Into the Sunlight,” which ultimately prompted a tour request from Armed Forces Entertainment, the official Department of Defense agency handling entertainment for U.S. military personnel overseas.

The band performed in more than 20 countries for American military service members.

Documentary footage shows the band experiencing overseas military life in the Middle East — flying into war zones, participating in combat landings and wearing body armor. It also includes footage of American troops interviewed by Isaac.

“I'm deeply proud of what Edisun accomplished, and I’m thankful for these experiences we shared as a band. Getting to know the soldiers, and seeing firsthand what they went through to protect us, it made me proud to be an American,” Isaac said in a statement.